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Sounders 'confident' Clint Dempsey will be back vs. Rapids

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Sigi Schmid less sure about the availability of Brad Evans, who is currently with the United States national team.

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Clint Dempsey is not with the United States national team for Wednesday's game against Mexico after suffering a hamstring injury last week. While the injury also kept him out of Sunday's game against the LA Galaxy, it sounds like that's the only Seattle Sounders match he'll have to miss.

"We're hoping he continues to make strides, we'll see how he feels tomorrow because he went through all of training today and did some extra work," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters on Tuesday. "We feel pretty confident he'll be able to go on Saturday."

That would be good news for the Sounders, who have yet to score without Dempsey on the field. Dempsey, who has scored three goals and two assists in 2015, also missed the Sounders' match against FC Dallas.

The other big question facing the Sounders is the availability of Brad Evans, who is in San Antonio with the USMNT.

"It all depends on how many minutes he plays," Schmid said about Evans, who has started all five Sounders games. "They are laying grass over the Astroturf and sometimes those fields play really, really heavy. If he's in the starting lineup, is he playing center back or outside back, that's up to Jurgen [Klinsmann] to decide. We'll play it by ear, he'll come back here on Thursday and we'll make some decisions."