Just in case you thought Jurgen Klinsmann was prepared to take it easy on Major League Soccer for a second consecutive international window, the United States manager put that notion to rest on Thursday. Speaking to USSoccer.com, Klinsmann said he fully intended to call in the "best possible squad" when the United States plays Ecuador (Oct. 10 in Connecticut) and Honduras (Oct. 14 in Florida).
Presumably, this means the Sounders would lose USMNT captain Clint Dempsey and up-and-coming star DeAndre Yedlin for their home match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Oct. 10. If the World Cup roster is any indication, though, Brad Evans won't be called in for these matches.
Interestingly, all three of the Sounders' matches against the Whitecaps fell on dates that conflicted with the USMNT. Dempsey and Yedlin missed the May 24 match while in pre-World Cup training -- Evans was dismissed shortly before and able to play for the Sounders. They also missed the match on July 5, as that was just a few days after the United States had been eliminated by Belgium. The Sounders went 0-1-1 in those games.
Missing the duo for the final Cascadia Cup match of the season would obviously be less than ideal. The Sounders have a chance to reclaim the regional trophy for the first time since 2011 with a win, not to mention the value of three points in the Supporters' Shield race.
Still, it's hard to put all the blame on Klinsmann here. MLS knew the international calendar when it made the fixture list and chose to play through it, even scheduling some massive rivalry games during that time.