Klinsmann leaves Dempsey of roster for Wednesday’s friendly.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has explained his decision to omit Clint Dempsey from the roster in the USA’s friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, saying he wants to allow the Seattle Sounders’ forward to get into his rhythm.
“For the most part we wanted to leave the MLS players behind because it’s a long way to go for a mid-week game in the heart of the season and many of them were with us a lot during the summer”, Klinsmann said. ”
“This gives us a chance to look at some different players as well. At the same time, we still want a strong team so we have some guys from MLS and also from Liga MX. I told (Sounders head coach) Sigi Schmid that it’s no problem to leave Clint off this roster. It’s been a long week for Clint and he is still in preseason and getting a rhythm, so we leave him in Seattle and get him ready for the games in September.”
Dempsey moved from Tottenham to Seattle before the transfer window closed in a four year deal, and made his debut for the club on Saturday against Toronto FC.