For many people soccer is how we avoid real life. We watch players kick a little ball into a net and then scream in ecstasy. But then our heroes get damaged. Life reminds us that soccer is not an avoidance of reality, because it is a part of it. With Friday’s news that Clint Dempsey will not play in the next three competitive matches on his slate due to heart trouble the American soccer community rallied around the iconic forward.
One of the first was someone who knows exactly how real life and soccer can intersect - Steve Zakuani.
Every once in a while life reminds us all what's truly important & refocuses our perspectives. All the best to Clint.— Steve Zakuani (@Zakuani11) August 26, 2016
The support for Clint ranges throughout the American soccer-sphere - from the very top and Sunil Gulati right down to fans that he’s helped comfort when they needed it.
Many of his United States National Team compatriots took to Twitter. Some went to World Cups with him, others appeared in a couple camps.
Sending nothing but positive thoughts & vibes to my boy @clint_dempsey! Hope you get back playing real .— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) August 26, 2016
His rivals want him healthy, because an irregular heartbeat is more important than a game.
@clint_dempsey best wishes, Clint. Will miss you on the field (honestly) this Sunday but getting health sorted trumps the game.— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) August 26, 2016
Mr. @clint_dempsey la mejor de las vibras desde México. Rivales en la cancha, humanos fuera de ella!— Ernesto R. Ruíz Díaz (@NetoRD27) August 26, 2016
Rivalries aside hoping Clint Dempsey has a speedy recovery from this scary thing and hoping he can go back and play for his Sounders.— Eric Santiago (@SaintTaco707) August 27, 2016
@clint_dempsey I'm a Timbers fan and usually cheer against you, but I wish you the best in your recovery. Want you in these matches!— LJPint⭐️ (@pJillees) August 27, 2016
And, of course, fans of the Seattle Sounders were focused on the past joys brought about by Dempsey and a future of good health.
ECS hopes to see @clint_dempsey cleared to play and back on the pitch again soon.— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) August 27, 2016
We're here for you, Deuce. Get some well-deserved rest.
This is merely a selection of the outpouring of support for Clint.