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American soccer family shows its support for Clint Dempsey

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Whether rivals in the stands, teammates on the pitch, or fans in Rave Green everyone is behind Deuce.

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.

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.

His rivals want him healthy, because an irregular heartbeat is more important than a game.

And, of course, fans of the Seattle Sounders were focused on the past joys brought about by Dempsey and a future of good health.

This is merely a selection of the outpouring of support for Clint.