Sgt. Largent wrote:The entire crux of this discussion Si was you saying if we keep Dempsey, he shouldn't be in the starting 11.
So maybe I'm confused as to what you meant by that. If you meant that means he and the Sounders are just fine with him being a late game sub for the rest of his career like Valdez did most of the year? You're dead wrong, neither side would be OK with that.
If you meant what I said above, that Dempsey shouldn't be in the starting 11 until he's healthy and fit enough to start? Then I agree with you, and that's a very real possibility.
But any long term scenario where Dempsey is on this club for the sole purpose of spot starting and coming on late as some sort of super sub, and taking up a DP slot? Not happening.
I'm not speaking for what the Sounders would do. This is my opinion on what they should do. What I am saying is that the Sounders should not bring Dempsey back and rely on him to be in the starting 11. As the list you linked, and his last two years with the Sounders both indicate, its a major risk. Would he start some games? Sure. Does that mean they cut him? No, of course not. It means you go and find the player that will make the impact for your team in that position. Again, I like what Dallas did with their DP slots. I'd love to see Seattle do something similar. You can invest in Dempsey the player/marketing icon and still invest in great young talent.
If Seattle has decided to bring Dempsey back and expect more than 20 games from him I would say they are taking a massive risk that ignores basic trends.
And really, I wouldn't care if I'm a Sounders fan. If they want to spend DP money on one of not only Seattle's but America's best players ever than awesome. I'd buy a jersey. But if they don't find a real #11/8/9 to pair with Lodeiro and Morris and hope its Dempsey throughout the season I'd say that's mistake.
I hope this makes sense. The MLS operates on two levels when it comes to player valuation.