A familiar face is back at Seattle Sounders practice today. Clint Dempsey has returned to the team after sitting on the sidelines due to a medical condition.
Sounder At Heart first spotted a photo of Dempsey in training yesterday.
Dempsey, 33, has missed almost three weeks of time since late August because of an irregular heartbeat. The forward underwent evaluations to determine their severity. His appearance at today's training with his club squad is, perhaps, a signal for good health.
A mainstay for both the Sounders and the United States Men's National Team, Dempsey had started his 2016 resurgence under interim-tagged head coach Brian Schmetzer, extending his goal and assists totals to eight and two, respectively. For the national team, Dempsey bagged four goals in 10 games prior to his forced period away from the field.
Seattle has missed Dempsey during his stint on the DL. According to Matt Pentz of the Seattle Times:
The Sounders are unbeaten in four matches under Schmetzer in which Dempsey has played. Seattle, which currently sits six points out of the playoff spots with seven matches remaining, has gone 0-1-2 in his absence.
Meanwhile, the National Team has played two 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, winning both with a combined scoreline of 10-0 over St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinadad & Tobago.