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Sounders Dempsey, Morris, Evans may miss East Coast trip

Seattle forward Jordan Morris hides his face momentarily after missing a scoring opportunity against Columbus this past Saturday. Morris, who leads the Sounders with three goals scored, will miss out on a road trip due to call ups from the U.S. National Team.
Seattle forward Jordan Morris hides his face momentarily after missing a scoring opportunity against Columbus this past Saturday. Morris, who leads the Sounders with three goals scored, will miss out on a road trip due to call ups from the U.S. National Team. phaley@thenewstribune.com

Seattle Sounders forwards Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris and defender Brad Evans are included in the United States national team preliminary roster for Copa America Centenario.

Major League Soccer is going dark for a couple of weeks this summer during the tournament, but coach Sigi Schmid said national team training could cost Seattle players during a two-game trip May 28 at New England and June 1 at D.C. United.

All three are starters, and Morris leads the club with three goals.

“It’s just the way it is,” Schmid said. “I think our guys that get called in probably miss the New England game and the D.C. game, and then we’ll see. It depends on how far the (national) team goes, and that will determine the other situations. It was something that we knew was going to happen. We weren’t going to be able to stay completely clear of that.”

The United States will begin training May 16, but players from MLS will be allowed to stay with their clubs through the following weekend. That means Dempsey, Morris and Evans would remain with the Sounders through the May 21 visit of the Colorado Rapids.

“The European guys come in I think a little earlier,” Schmid said. “The MLS guys go in after the weekend.”

National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann submitted the 40-player preliminary roster for Copa America on Sunday. All the players on the final 23-man roster must come from this preliminary roster.

Copa America is the soccer championship of South America. For this centennial edition, the tournament will be played in the United States and will include six teams from CONCACAF.

Three matches will be played at CenturyLink Field: Haiti-Peru on June 4, Argentina-Bolivia on June 14 and a quarterfinal match June 16.

The USA will prepare with three warmup games, beginning at Puerto Rico on May 22 before the Americans play host to Ecuador on May 25 and Bolivia on May 28. The United States will open tournament play June 3, facing Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

EXTRA POINTS

Veteran defender Zach Scott was named to the MLS team of the week Monday for his play in Seattle’s 1-0 win over Columbus on Saturday. Scott, 35, stepped into the central defense as the replacement for Evans, who was ineligible after receiving two yellow cards in the previous match. … Sounders 2 (1-3-3) played to a 1-1 draw with Oklahoma City Energy FC (1-1-2) on Sunday at Starfire Sports Stadium. Homegrown forward Victor Mansaray scored the S2 goal. “He’s coming along,” Schmid said. “He’s a young player, so there is the growing process on the field, the growing process off the field. But he’s gotten a couple of goals now for S2. We’ve been playing him at center forward pretty consistently, and he’s continuing to grow into that position.” … The Sounders will take a day off before returning Wednesday to continue training for their Saturday night home match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

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