Neither DP forward Clint Dempsey nor Obafemi Martins traveled to Los Angeles for this afternoon’s Sounders match against the Galaxy. (1 p.m., ESPN.)
Martins has been out since mid-June with a leg injury. Dempsey’s absence is more of a surprise, however he left Friday training early, as what coach Sigi Schmid called a precautionary move by the trainers. The club now says the injury isn’t believed to be long-term, but obviously serious enough to leave him home.
Former DP midfielder Osvaldo Alonso also is out with a hamstring injury.
If anyone is looking for good news, it sounds like the club expects Martins to return a week from today when Orlando visits CenturyLink Field. And that game also could mark the debut of new designed player Nelson Valdez.