Dempsey out for rest of MLS season with heart issue

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We hope he gets healthy soon and makes his return to the national team.

Seattle Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey told reporters Tuesday he was hopeful Dempsey could return for the 2017 season. We simply haven't been able to get to a point where we felt comfortable there was a realistic chance (that he could play again in 2016).

Dempsey, 33, underwent a procedure to treat the condition and rejoined the team September 14 for a light training session, previous to which he'd not been to a game or the Starfire practice facility.

The Seattle Sounders ruled out Clint Dempsey for the rest of the year over health concerns.

Dempsey also is expected miss US men's national team friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico and Costa Rica in November, according to an ESPN report.

Since the diagnosis was announced, Dempsey underwent an unspecified procedure and has been receiving treatment in Seattle and outside the area.

Club doctors first discovered Dempsey's irregular heartbeat in late August, and hasn't featured for club or country since.

Just as it appeared as if we'd gotten some good news on Clint Dempsey's condition, an unfortunate update comes our way today.

Sounders interim head coach Brian Schmetzer also addressed the media.

Of course, this does not take away from Dempsey's importance to the roster, having scored 34 goals and added 22 assists in 72 regular season appearances.

The Sounders are three points behind in the race for a Western Conference playoff spot with two more games left to play than more most of their league foes. The challenge continues on Wednesday night, at home to the Chicago Fire.

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