Previous
FK Qarabag
St Etienne
0
0
FT
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
FC Zürich
3
2
FT
Game Details
Borussia Monchengladbach
Villarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Club Brugge
Torino
0
0
FT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
HJK Helsinki
2
0
FT
Game Details
Besiktas
Asteras Tripoli
1
1
FT
Game Details
Partizan Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspur
0
0
FT
Game Details
Dinamo Zagreb
FK Astra Giurgiu
5
1
FT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
Celtic
2
2
FT
Game Details
Panathinaikos
Dinamo Moscow
1
2
FT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Estoril
1
0
FT
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Internazionale
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Feyenoord Rotterdam
2
0
FT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Rijeka
2
0
FT
Game Details
Everton
VfL Wolfsburg
4
1
FT
Game Details
Lille
Krasnodar
1
1
FT
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava
5
0
FT
Game Details
Napoli
Sparta Prague
3
1
FT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Dynamo Kiev
0
3
FT
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
AaB
6
0
FT
Game Details
Fiorentina
Guingamp
3
0
FT
Game Details
PAOK Salonika
Dinamo Minsk
6
1
FT
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
KSC Lokeren
1
0
FT
Game Details
Metalist Kharkiv
Trabzonspor
1
2
FT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Saprissa
3
1
FT
Game Details
Metapan
Herediano
2
4
FT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Rosario Central
3
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 1
Game Details
Emelec
River Plate
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors
0
1
FT
Game Details
Temperley
Unión de Santa Fe
1
1
FT
Game Details
Corinthians
Chapecoense AF
1
1
FT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Atlético MG
2
3
FT
Game Details
Gremio
Santos FC
0
0
FT
Game Details
Deportes Quindío
America Cali
0
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Cortuluá
Valledupar F.C.
1
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Next
Mar 7, 2014

Returning Dempsey is raring to go

Big Head Red Head 2014 MLS previews continue as Lalas and Twellman discuss the job security of Sigi Schmid in Seattle.

TUKWILA, Wash. – Fresh off a combined 14 hours of flight time on Thursday, Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey still managed to look ready for Saturday's MLS opener against defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City.

Clint Dempsey is looking forward to his second campaign in Seattle.

After spending the previous two months on loan at English Premier League side Fulham, the U.S. international practiced with his Seattle teammates for the first time this season. And while there were plenty of new faces with which to familiarize himself – Seattle brought in a total of 14 different players during the offseason – he seemed eager for the campaign to start, despite the jet lag he incurred after playing in the United States' 2-0 friendly defeat to Ukraine on Wednesday.

"I feel good, training went well today, I was able to get some goals," he said after Friday's training session. "I'm looking forward to helping the team any way I can [Saturday]. Yeah, there will be a little bit of an adjustment period getting to know some of the new guys, getting everybody on the same page."

Seattle manager Sigi Schmid refused to be drawn in as to how he would use Dempsey against Kansas City or when, only confirming that the player would be in the 18-man roster. But Schmid indicated that he liked what he saw, especially given how Dempsey struggled with injuries last season.

"[Dempsey] is definitely fit, for sure," said Schmid following practice. "He's fit because you look at the games that he's played, and he's also fit from the standpoint of having worked with a coach like Felix Magath. From that standpoint he's ahead of where he was when he came to us last year. That's a good thing."

Looking at his loan stint from a pure numbers standpoint, it seems like the time Dempsey spent in London was hardly worth it. In seven league and cup appearances, he failed to score with Fulham losing six of those matches. During that period, the club fired its manager for the second time this season. Martin Jol was fired in December prior to Dempsey's arrival, and was replaced by Rene Meulensteen. Then Meulensteen was fired in February, replaced by Felix Magath. The Cottagers are currently bottom of the EPL table, four points from safety.

"You would have liked to have done better, you would have liked to have helped the team out of the situation," said Dempsey. "It was a difficult situation when I was going over there because of the position they were in the table. And it's never easy for the boys when you've had three managers in three months."

But Dempsey added that the loan did have its benefits.

"The big thing was to get my body right, to get my fitness up coming off some injuries," he said. "I was out for four-and-a-half weeks with the calf injury that I had. It took a little bit of an adjustment getting back to playing on the pitches over there when it's been the most rain that it's been since they started keeping records; getting used to wearing studs again from playing on turf. It was a good experience."

Dempsey also admitted he was pleased to part on better terms with the club, as opposed to back in August of 2012, when he forced a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

"I wanted it to end better with people inside the club, because it's a club that gave me my start when I went to Europe, and I had some good memories there," he said. "It was good to go over there and end on a good note as far as that was concerned."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.