Clint Dempsey “fully cleared”, could play in MLS opener

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Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey says Clint Dempsey is ready to play.

Dempsey has undergone two heart procedures in the past year, missing time for both the Sounders and the United States men’s national team.

Lagerwey said that Dempsey has been fully cleared to play, though reporter Matt Pentz gets the feeling it won’t be in a starting role this weekend against Houston.

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U.S. boss Bruce Arena has said he’s hopeful Dempsey would be able to participate in March’s World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Honduras.

The USMNT star turns 34 in March.