Jurgen Klinsmann is heated over Dempsey’s suspension
With Clint Dempsey suspended two games by Major League Soccer for a low blow on Mark Bloom, those around the Seattle organization are unhappy with the decision.
However, US Soccer apparently isn’t too happy either.
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his serious displeasure with the decision by MLS, saying he is “very disappointed” to see Clint the only player disciplined by the authorities.
He also calls the two-games Clint was handed a “harsh” decision and noted that it could affect the player’s tempo headed into the friendly against Mexico on April 2.
The full Klinsmann quote:
Something both Klinsmann and Seattle coach Sigi Schmid cited in the incident was the consistent fouling by the opposition which went unpunished. The comment is factually correct, with Dempsey being the most-fouled player in MLS since his arrival in August.
While this incident shouldn’t be cause for concern for Seattle or Dempsey long-term, it most certainly has a ripple effect into the USMNT setup, with Dempsey suspended for both Seattle matches falling prior to the USMNT fixture against Mexico.
With Clint struggling mightily the past few months, he had appeared to be somewhat resurgent in the beginning of the MLS season, but now he will have to deal with yet another layoff in his schedule.