Sounders forward Nelson Valdez, right, and midfielder Erik Friberg, center, fight for the ball Sunday against Portland. With Clint Dempsey close to returning, Valdez’s starting spot may be in jeopardy.
Sounders forward Nelson Valdez, right, and midfielder Erik Friberg, center, fight for the ball Sunday against Portland. With Clint Dempsey close to returning, Valdez’s starting spot may be in jeopardy. Ted S. Warren The Associated Press
Sounders forward Nelson Valdez, right, and midfielder Erik Friberg, center, fight for the ball Sunday against Portland. With Clint Dempsey close to returning, Valdez’s starting spot may be in jeopardy. Ted S. Warren The Associated Press

Sounders moving closer to full strength

August 31, 2015 4:44 PM

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