Clint Dempsey and Osvaldo Alonso were both able to train with their Seattle Sounders teammates on Friday. Dempsey was a neutral player in short-sided games before doing some exercise on the side, while Alonso was a bit more active. But if you were hoping for any clarity beyond that, well, you're out of luck.
As he's been doing for a couple weeks now, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid was keeping health updates to relatively short quips ahead of Sunday's match against the Portland Timbers. Here's the latest exchange he had with reporters:
Reporter: "How's Clint?"
Schmid: "Doing better."
Reporter: "Chance of seeing him this weekend?"
Schmid: "Uh, don't know at this stage."
Schmid: "Don't know, same as Dempsey."
Reporter: "How about [Chad] Barrett?"
Schmid: "Don't know, doing better."
Schmid was asked later about the status of Andreas Ivanschitz, who has yet to make his Sounders debut after signing a couple weeks ago, and at least acknowledged the Austrian was almost certainly not going to be available this week.
Neither Alonso nor Dempsey have played since a 3-0 loss at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Alonso has already missed a career-worst 11 matches, while Dempsey has missed 13 and appeared in just one of the Sounders' last 11 matches due to a combination of suspension (three matches), international duty (four matches) and injury (three matches).
Barrett has not played since injuring his hamstring on a goal celebration in the 1st minute of the Sounders' 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Aug. 9. Barrett, too, participated in short-sided games before spending the last 10-15 minutes running laps around the CenturyLink Field pitch.