Clint Dempsey has already missed two matches -- as well as three United States national team friendlies -- with hamstring injuries. The Seattle Sounders are trying to make sure he doesn't miss anymore time.
That's why they elected to remove their star forward from Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids after just 70 minutes, a season low. Dempsey appears to be good to go for Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers.
"We wanted to be careful with it because in the other game we thought we pushed it too long," Schmid told reporters. WE were thinking about taking him out closer to 60, we pushed it a little bit because the tempo was slower. We had planned to get him out of the game."
Immediately after Dempsey's previous hamstring injury -- which he picked up while training with the USMNT -- the Sounders let him play 87 minutes against the Houston Dynamo only to lose him the following week for the LA Galaxy match.
As if it wasn't obvious enough, having Dempsey in the lineup has proven especially important in the early going this year. In 337 minutes with him on the pitch, the Sounders have scored eight goals (or 3.14 per 90 minutes). In 203 minutes without Dempsey on the pitch, the Sounders have scored just one goal (or .44 per 90).