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Sounders hold out hope that Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins can play this week

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Both Designated Players were able to train after not traveling to Colorado over the weekend.

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At this point in the season, I've learned to take every Seattle Sounders injury report with a grain of salt and never to read too much into who trained and who didn't. I certainly know not to expect to have a fully fit team. All that said, there are reasons to believe the Sounders could be reasonably healthy for their upcoming Cascadia Cup matches.

The biggest bright spots were the presence of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on the training grounds. The Designated Players appeared to be full participants in training on Monday and Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid suggested both were at least possible participants in Wednesday's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The issue with Dempsey continues to be his hamstring, which has kept him out of the Sounders' last three games. The United States captain has only managed to play 29 minutes over the Sounders' past six games, as international duty kept him out of two others. The lingering nature of the injury apparently convinced United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann to keep Dempsey off the roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, but there's still a chance that the team's captain could be called up for the Oct. 15 game if he proves fit.

Martins' injury is apparently a pelvic joint called pubic symphysis, for which he received a cortisone shot last week. When reporters were told of the procedure, it was made out to be not particularly concerning. Martins was then able to participate in training last week. But apparently the injury flared up again and Martins was a late scratch from the travel roster to Colorado.

Indications are that he's now recovered, but like Dempsey, Martins is probably a game-time decision as well.

Glass half full: There's hope the Sounders could have arguably the most talented strike tandem available for Wednesday.

Glass half empty: The Sounders could be going into a game in which they can clinch a playoff spot, move into the Supporters' Shield lead and reclaim the Cascadia Cup without their two highest paid players.

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