Clint Dempsey has not been suspended. He might end up being suspended. It might end up being one game or two games or even more, I suppose. But as of this very moment, nothing has been finalized.
At least, that's what the Seattle Sounders are telling us.
"There is nothing we can say officially at this stage, so we have to wait until the league makes an announcement," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said following Wednesday's training session.
I'm not questioning Kurt Larson's reporting, but I do think he probably could have worded his tweet a little better. I would have suggested something along the lines of "I'm being told Clint Dempsey WILL BE suspended two games." (Emphasis is mine ... of course the whole phrase is mine, but maybe that goes without saying ... and now I'm getting off track.)
While nothing seems to be final, it's now safe to say that the crux of Larson's tweet was essentially accurate, though. The MLS Disciplinary Committee is taking a serious look at Dempsey's actions in Saturday's game. The assumption seems to be that they are looking at Dempsey's so-called "cup check" of Mark Bloom, but really it could be for several uncalled infractions. Peering through my admittedly rave green-colored glasses, I would not be particularly surprised if the punishment is reduced to one game after appeal, especially in light of Bloom saying he accepted Dempsey's explanation.
My suspicion is that a decision will be made in time for the Sounders to make appropriate travel plans, but the DC has been known to wait as late as Friday to make a final ruling. That would be particularly unfortunate in this case, as the itinerary for a Montreal trip is a bit more complicated than MLS journeys due to there being no direct flights from Seattle to Montreal.