The United States may have been dealt a decisive loss to Argentina in the Copa America semifinals. But as anyone who follows the international game should know, that isn’t where the tournament ends.
Like all major tournaments, the Copa America Centenario has a third-place game. The United States will face the loser of tonight’s Chile-Colombia match on Saturday in Phoenix.
While it’s entirely possible that USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann will use a more experimental lineup in that game — although don’t necessarily count on it — he is expected to have a full roster at his disposal.
That means Clint Dempsey is all but guaranteed not to be made available to the Seattle Sounders when they face New York City FC on Saturday.
"I would imagine so," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said when asked if Dempsey was remaining with the USMNT. "I don’t see Jurgen sending every MLS player back to their team. The tournament goes through third-place game, so that’s where everyone is going to be."
One other artifact from the Copa America that will continue to affect the Sounders: Schmid would like to keep the privacy shades that were installed for Argentina’s training sessions. That means casual fans won’t be able to view Sounders training as easily as they once were, but also gives the team a bit more privacy from potentially prying eyes.
"I like it, I would like to see it stay," Schmid said. "It gives us a more enclosed feeling and allows for more concentrated work. We asked for it to stay, but I don’t make those final decisions. That’s above my pay grade."