Sounders expect Dempsey for opener

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TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) Clint Dempsey is on the verge of making his return to Major League Soccer after more than six months away due to a heart issue.

Dempsey is expected to be in the lineup when the Seattle Sounders open the season on Saturday at Houston. Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey and coach Brian Schmetzer indicated Tuesday that Dempsey will be in the lineup against the Dynamo, although how much he plays will be watched closely.

"I would think there is a pretty high probability of that," Schmetzer said as Seattle returned home after participating in the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, to close out its preseason.

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