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By DAN KARELL
Clint Dempsey’s participation with the U.S. Men’s National Team’s final two World Cup qualifiers in October could be in serious doubt as of Friday.
After training on Friday, Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid all but confirmed Dempsey’s omission from the traveling squad that will face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Dempsey has spent the last three weeks trying to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in Sounders training.
“He’s making progress, he’s getting better, but for him to travel at this stage is probably still a little early,” Schmid told the Seattle Times after practice.
USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann delayed his roster announcement due to injury concerns from players on the squad, and Dempsey is likely one of the players Klinsmann is waiting on to see if he can be fit. If Dempsey is unavailable, it will be another big blow to a U.S. side that’s already missing Michael Bradley due to injury.
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ROSALES HOPEFUL TO REMAIN WITH THE SOUNDERS
Although he’s seen his status on the team diminish slightly this season with the arrival of big money signings of Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, Seattle Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales isn’t ready to move on from the Emerald City.
The 32-year-old Argentine’s contract is up at the end of this season, but speaking to press this week and through his agent, former FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala, Rosales confirmed his ambition to remain with the Sounders for the future.
“I want to stay in the (USA) and in MLS for a few more years,” Rosales told the Seattle Times. “I wish I can stay here. We will see.”
The Times report states that Rosales is hoping for a new two-year contract, the same length as the current contract he is on. He may have to go below his designated player status though as a number of players are in line for raises, such as Eddie Johnson and Osvaldo Alonso.
NYC FC SIGN RADIO DEAL WITH WFAN IN NEW YORK
Major League Soccer’s newest franchise New York City FC has no stadium of it’s own or even a head coach, but they just inked a deal that will certainly boost their profile in America’s most populous city.
On Thursday, WFAN Radio, the first ever sports radio station in the world, announced that they had signed a multi-year deal with NYC FC to broadcast all of their league and friendly matches on the radio starting in 2015. The news comes nearly a month after co-owner of the club, the New York Yankees, announced that they had come to terms to move to WFAN for the next season.
“We’re thrilled to partner with a station as prestigious as WFAN,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City Football Club in a statement. “This is a huge opportunity for the team to bring (soccer) to all New Yorkers, right from the onset of our playing debut.”
The deal represents a major boost for MLS in the New York area, as the two other professional franchises in the area, the New York Red Bulls of MLS and the New York Cosmos of the NASL, both have radio deals but the Red Bulls is Spanish language only, while the Cosmos is online-only.
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Dempsey’s absence hurting the Sounders in Colorado? Do you believe the Sounders can resign Rosales? How important is it for NYC FC to have a major radio deal?