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Clint Dempsey, Stefan Frei return to Sounders starting lineup

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Perhaps a bit ahead of schedule, Clint Dempsey has returned to the Seattle Sounders starting lineup. This is Dempsey's first appearance for the Sounders since he was red-carded and subsequently suspended back on June 17. After serving a three-game suspension, Dempsey missed four more Sounders matches while he was with the United States Gold Cup team.

Also making his Sounders return is Stefan Frei, who had missed three-and-a-half matches after separating his shoulder against D.C. United.

It wasn't all good news for the Sounders, though, as Obafemi Martins did not make the gameday roster after spending about 30 minutes going through fitness tests pregame. Martins has also missed the past seven matches, a stretch in which the Sounders went 1-6-0 and only scored twice.

Here's the Whitecaps lineup, as well:

Whitecaps starters: David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Kendall Waston, Pa-Modou Kah, Jordan Harvey; Matias Laba, Gershon Koffie, Cristian Techera, Nicolas Mezquida, Kekuta Manneh; Octavio Rivero.