[caption id="attachment_44481" align="alignleft" width="200"] Dempsey[/caption]Here's what Sounders DP Clint Dempsey had to say today while speaking to local media for the first time since his two-game suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee:
On his reaction to his suspension: Disappointed. I don’t agree with it. It is what it is, and move on.
On appreciating support from USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann: Yeah, for sure. It’s always good to know that the manager has your back, and I appreciate that. All I can do is keep working hard, keep working on my fitness after training and make sure that I play well when with I’m with the national team — like I’ve always done in the past — and make sure I keep playing good with the national team moving forward and pay him back for his faith in me.”
On MLS protecting its stars: “I think lots of players get fouled. I think it’s maybe giving cards earlier in games and maybe you won’t see as many fouls, and you’ll see more of a rhythm to the game for spectators to watch. I think it’s important to protect every player. The sooner you start getting cards for reckless fouls, then it cuts down on a lot of things and it makes the game more exciting to watch, because there is more free flow to it.
On if he’s thought about return against Portland: No. I’m thinking about this weekend, hoping the boys do well. I’m excited they got three points in Montreal. So, just looking to this weekend. You only look to the next game.
On the Portland rivalry: It’s a good rivalry. They’re a team that plays a good style of soccer, and I think it’s exciting. It’s good for the league, and it’s exciting to be part of those rivalries. I think it’s good for spectators to watch.
On playing against rival Mexico: It’s always exciting to represent your country. But it’s a friendly: It’s not a World Cup qualifier. So, there’s not as much pressure as there would be if it were a World Cup qualifying game. But it’s still exciting to represent your country and to play against your rivals. You always want to do well when you’re putting on the jersey for the U.S.
On contributing to Sounders while suspended: Well, that’s a difficult one, because there’s not much you can do when you’re not out there. Just work in training and try to make it difficult for them. When they’re working on the starting 11 and the movements, you try to imitate the opposition in terms of the formation and how they play and get more of a look on how to prepare. So, that’s all you can really do.