Seattle’s Sigi Schmid gives Clint Dempsey about a week off

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It’s been a long year for Clint Dempsey, something six days off won’t completely fix. But it’s a start and should help rejuvenate the Seattle Sounders for their playoff push.

Seattle’s in strong shape for Major League Soccer’s “second season”, so head coach Sigi Schmid is letting his star second striker rest bones quite weary from a calendar year that’s seen him transfer to MLS, go on loan to Fulham, come back to MLS, play in the World Cup and again come back to MLS.

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Phewf.

From SounderAtHeart.com:

Schmid told the media today, “I’ve given him some additional days off here. Clint and I had spoken about it. We establish here’s a place where we can give you five or six days. When you look around the league at a guy like¬†Matt Besler saying ‘man, I’m tired, I need a break’ I think we’re trying to incorporate that and keep our team going at the same time. We gave Clint a break right after the World Cup, I thought that was necessary, and I think we need to give him a little break here. I gave DeAndre an extra day as well right here also.”

It’s good for Dempsey, who wants to play internationally at least through 2016. He also hasn’t ruled out further European loans — though contractually that’s a sticky situation — so keeping him fresh and happy is a big thing.

Seattle is in striking distance of becoming the first MLS team to record 20 wins in a seasons, but what good is that without a star ready to shine in October and November?

The great SounderAtHeart blog has plenty of good material on why Dempsey needs a break and just how effective he’s been this season. Check it out.