There have been increasing rumours in recent weeks that Seattle Sounders could be losing their star asset in the form of Clint Dempsey.
The former Fulham and Tottenham midfielder has reportedly been eyeing an exit, but those connected with Seattle Sounders have been quick to deny the rumours. Club captain Brad Evans has also been quick to dispel any solution that Dempsey is looking for a move. The rumours could not have come at a much worse time for the Seattle Sounders, as they are struggling to make a real impact in the 2016 MLS season.
The club were expected to be challengers for the title, but they look like they could even miss out on the play-off places if the poor form continues. After having managed just one win in the last five games, the club are ninth in the table and a whopping 10 points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps who occupy the final play-off spot. Even though Vancouver Whitecaps have played two more games than Seattle Sounders, they are definitely in a tight spot. Evans says that the team has been trying to push on in the hope of improved form. They are not being distracted by such rumours, according to the captain.
“Anytime a team’s losing, they’re going to try and point fingers. You guys can see that. Your cameras are out here just as much as your eyes are. Let’s trust your eyes and the cameras. What I’m saying is that this is a group that’s together. We’re ready to push for the playoffs,” said Evans. “I thought [training] was happy. Guys were into it. Guys were buzzing around and there was just a spirit to it that I thought was infectious,” said Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey when asked about the status of the team.