When the United States national team roster dropped early this morning, the Seattle Sounders got a bit of a mixed bag. DeAndre Yedlin was called into the Oct. 10 game against Ecuador, but Clint Dempsey was not. The roster announcement did come with a significant caveat, though: There will likely be changes ahead of the Oct. 14 match against Honduras.
Although Jurgen Klinsmann did not address Dempsey by name, he gave the impression that his captain could still be in line for a call up.
"We purposely left quite a few players out," Klinsmann said. "More -- I would call them not old, but more experienced players -- purposely because we want to get the younger generation a chance to break in. Players like Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Chris Wondolowski, they are not on the roster not because they are not part of the senior national team, simply because we want to now see the youngsters coming through and making their point."
It would seem to say that Klinsmann is suggesting guys like Beckerman, Davis and Wondolowski aren't being called in at all. That he neglected to name Dempsey, could suggest that he's on the list for Honduras.
Assuming Dempsey is called in for that game, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, even if it's not ideal from a Sounders perspective. Yes, he'd have to fly across the country twice -- the game is in Florida -- but he'd still have five days between games as the Sounders don't play until the following Sunday and the Honduras game is on a Tuesday.
There's also a good chance that whatever inconvenience is caused by Dempsey's absence, the Galaxy will be in a similar boat. Even if Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are excused after the Ecuador match, Robbie Keane will have a Euro 2016 qualifier on Oct. 14.