Here's coach Sigi Schmid talking about/around the various issues:
On the absences: Dempsey’s situation is as you guys know, so that’s ongoing. Martins had surgery, but is unable to train after the surgery because you have nose surgery like that and what he had done there’s a chance of nosebleed so he can’t really train. Barrett got injured in training on Tuesday and so right now we’re not sure about his status.
On if Dempsey might join the team by Saturday: It’s just a day to day things. A lot of you guys are married: wives, kids, you know how that works. You know, 30 years ago, people were: ‘Oh yeah, I had a son, great, thanks.’ Nowadays it’s a different expectation. We’re a supportive club, and we’re supportive of him in his current situation, and we understand that.
On if one forward up top might be the solution: We’ll look at what fits our personnel. So once we have a good idea who’s healthy and who’s available, then we’ll make a lineup and put a group together that first our personnel.