Clint Dempsey diagnosed with irregular heartbeat

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER.

by JACK HAZZARD

The Seattle Sounders announced that captain Clint Dempsey will undergo medical evaluations for an irregular heartbeat that could see him miss matches for both the Sounders and United States International team for the foreseeable future.

Dempsey’s condition will keep him out of this weekend’s highly anticipated derby encounter against the Portland Timbers. A U.S. Soccer spokesman also told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle that the United States will not look to call up Dempsey for the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago in early September either.

This news comes at a difficult time for the Seattle Sounders, who currently sit only a few points away from acquiring a playoff spot. Dempsey, 33, has tallied a total of eight goals and two assists, five of which have been scored during Seattle’s current five-game unbeaten streak.

Dempsey has made 82 appearances with Seattle since joining the franchise in 2013, scoring 37 goals and adding 23 assists in that time.