Clint Dempsey has not made an appearance with the United States national team since February and has not even received a call-up since leaving camp before making an appearance after suffering a training injury in March. With that in mind, it was interesting that Dempsey was not among the list of 22 players named to the roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies.
Turns out, his absence is more easily explained and it suggests that Jurgen Klinsmann actually has a heart under that cold, hard German exterior.
"Clint's wife is pregnant, she is due," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid explained during Sunday's post-match press conference. "The decision there from U.S. Soccer and Jurgen [Klinsmann] was to stay closer [to home]. It's tougher to fly back from Amsterdam if you're wife is going to deliver. That's his reasoning there, that's the reason he didn't get called in. It's great."
Although it sounds as though Brad Evans will report for international duty despite leaving Sunday's match with a calf-injury, the Sounders will only be without him for the June 6 match against Sporting Kansas City. The United States plays the Netherlands on June 5 and Germany on June 10. The Sounders host FC Dallas on June 13.