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Sounders hope returning stars can prove to be the difference

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Seattle Sounders were depleted due to injuries as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against ten-man FC Dallas last weekend. Players were away on international duty or out injured and so head coach Sigi Schmid had to field a number of reserve players and youngsters.

Their makeshift team put in a solid display against Dallas but will be hoping to get back to winning ways against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday evening.

Sounders were without key players, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Osvaldo Alonso and Chad Marshall, who were all absent through injury, but they are all in line to return this weekend.

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Marco Pappa also missed out as he featured for national side Guatemala, and he will also be available for selection for the weekend’s clash with Houston.

Clint Dempsey has declared himself fit for the game despite withdrawing from the US Men’s National Team squad with a hamstring problem, as reported by MLSsoccer.com.

“I feel good, I was able to get some good training sessions in this week. I’ve been back in full training for a few days now, and I’m looking forward to the weekend, I’ll be wanting to start.”

The other member of Sounders’ deadly strike force, Obafemi Martins, tweaked his quad in the clubs’ friendly against Club Tijuana but he has said he is feeling good ahead of the game.

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“I’m good. A lot better now. It was good for me to rest it because I was feeling a lot of pain. Now, I’m ready to go.”

Sounders will welcome the return of their key men but it is worrying how much quality they lacked without their stars last time out.

The 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield winners haven’t won since the opening weekend and will see Saturday’s game with Houston as a great opportunity to get three points on the board.

Will the Seattle Sounders return to winning ways after welcoming back their stars?

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About Lewis Addley (596 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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