Seattle Sounders: Necessary patience prompts Clint Dempsey

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 30: Clint Dempsey
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 30: Clint Dempsey /

The Seattle Sounders need someone to score goals, but right now, they’re struggling to find that. Thankfully, Clint Dempsey awaits.

Two games in and not a goal scored. This describes both the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC. The difference is that Toronto has both an excuse and an uplifting message. The excuse is that they’ve just eliminated Mexican powerhouse Tigres from the CONCACAF Champions League.

The message is that they have Giovinco and Altidore and all the weapons that took them to the MLS Cup last season. The goals will come.

The Seattle Sounders were also occupied in the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition they have now been eliminated from, and that, in itself, is a solution to the necessary patience they are having to weather.

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This can turn around easily. Seattle has a staff of talent that rivals any in MLS. But their inability to secure their desired attacking DP in the offseason now has them waiting until the summer to identify a solution to their goal-scoring problems, whether they be long-term or short.

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As it stands, with Jordan Morris out with his torn ACL, Seattle have been stranded with Will Bruin. He’s a proven MLS goal-scorer, no doubt, but few clubs can survive on the whimsies of one striker, lest he be a David Villa type.

Still, Bruin is a model of consistency. In each of the past season where he has managed 2000 minutes, he has scored at least 10 goals and contributes his share of assists as well.

This is a bigger problem than Bruin’s alone, however. Thankfully, seeing as how the Seattle Sounders have been eliminated from the CCL, they will have the heroic exploits of the ageless Clint Dempsey to rely on. Dempsey has been  hero for both club and country and even in his old(ish) age, he still has what it takes to be the difference that the Sounders need.

They wanted an attacking DP, well, they have one in Dempsey. He can even push up and play striker. In fact, that may be the better option, as he won’t be required to exert so much on a game-by-game basis.

Plus, if anyone is to be trusted with the uplifting of this club, it should be the icon himself.

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It’s grim, right now, and the open desire to sign a solution doesn’t help that. But Clint Dempsey can answer this call, even if it is a temporary solution.