It’s been a tumultuous week in Seattle. On Tuesday, Sigi Schmid and the Sounders parted ways. Hours after the announcement was made, a report from Soccer Wire stated that Clint Dempsey was extremely unhappy in Seattle and was looking for a move.
A few days later, while not directly addressing the situation, Dempsey has told ESPN’s Taylor Twellman that he wants to retire as a Sounder.
It appears as if Dempsey’s problems were solely with Schmid and his leadership, if they were true.
It’s been a horrific season for a team that always carries immense expectations into every year. Despite losing Obafemi Martins, the addition of Jordan Morris gave their fans hope that the status quo of competing for the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup would remain.
However, even though Morris has done quite well, it just hasn’t clicked overall for the Sounders and the result ended up with Schmid being relieved of his duties.
Dempsey is obviously frustrated with this season and the direction the team chose to go in. He talks in his interview about the loss of Martins and the effect it’s had on the team and his own production.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for Dempsey and the Sounders as a new manager takes over.