What was left as a near-footnote in today's roster update for the USMNT's upcoming friendly with Brazil could have a big impact on Seattle's playoff chase. Forward Clint Dempsey, who had originally been called up for the Tuesday match in Foxborough, has been taken off the roster due to a lingering hamstring injury.
"I had a good conversation with Clint," Klinsmann said in the release. "He’s still not 100 percent and we agreed it’s best to let him stay with Seattle to allow him to continue making progress ahead of next month’s match against Mexico."
Dempsey was fit enough to play 82 minutes and score the game-winning goal in yesterday's match against Toronto, but turning around to fly across the country for a friendly in New England then coming back for Saturday's match in San Jose seems excessive for a player just returning from injury, and Klinsmann apparently agreed.
But maybe there's a Conservation of Sounders rule, because replacing Dempsey at forward is Sounder Academy player and current Stanford Cardinal Jordan Morris. Morris has scored one goal in three games so far this season for the 16th ranked Cardinal and remains the only college player active for the US national team.
The other moves were Sean Johnson and Michael Bradley joining the team and Matt Besler and León keeper William Yarbrough returning to their clubs.