Clint Dempsey

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Recapping how Seattle Sounders internationals fared

Clint Dempsey vs. Costa Rica WCQ 2017-09-06

The Seattle Sounders had a club-record nine players called into international duty over this past FIFA break, including eight in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying. Here is how they fared.



UNITED STATES — Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan


Sept. 1: Lost 2-0 vs. Costa Rica


  • Dempsey: 25 minutes as a sub
  • Morris: Six minutes as a sub
  • Roldan: Did not play (DNP)


Sept. 5: Drew 1-1 at Honduras


  • Dempsey: Started and went the full 90 minutes
  • Morris: Started and went the full 90 minutes
    • Assisted on Bobby Wood’s equalizer
  • Roldan: DNP


The U.S. are fourth with nine points in the Hexagonal, the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. The top three teams automatically qualify for Russia. The fourth-place team will compete in a home-and-home playoff with the fifth place team from the Asian Confederation, which will either be Syria or Australia.

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PANAMA — Roman Torres


Sept. 1: Lost 1-0 at Mexico


  • DNP


Sept. 5: Won 3-0 vs. Trinidad and Tobago


  • Started and went 81 minutes


Panama are third in the CONCACAF Hexagonal with 10 points and are seeking their first FIFA World Cup appearance.


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO — Joevin Jones


Sept. 1: Lost 2-1 vs. Honduras


  • Started and went the full 90 minutes
  • Scored on a penalty kick


Sept. 5: Lost 3-0 at Panama


  • Started and went 63 minutes


T&T are in sixth place in the Hexagonal with three points.



URUGUAY — Nicolas Lodeiro


Aug. 31 — Drew 0-0 vs. Argentina


  • DNP


Sept. 5 — Won 2-1 at Paraguay


  • DNP


Uruguay are second in CONMEBOL qualifying, and one win in their final two matches would guarantee their ticket to Russia. The top four teams automatically qualify for the World Cup. The fifth-place team will compete in a home-and-home playoff with the winner of the Oceania Confederation, which will either be New Zealand or the Solomon Islands.


SWEDEN — Gustav Svensson


Aug. 31 — Lost 3-2 at Bulgaria


  • DNP


Sept. 3 — Won 4-0 at Belarus


  • 21 minutes as sub


Svensson earned his first call-up since January 2016 and helped lead Sweden to a crucial three points on the road at Belarus after dropping points at Bulgaria. Sweden are in second place in Group A of UEFA qualifying, one point behind group-leader France and three ahead of the Netherlands. The top team in each of the nine groups of six automatically qualifies for Russia. The top eight second-place finishers will compete in a home-and-home series to determine the final four UEFA spots.


CAMEROON — Nouhou


Sept. 1 — Lost 4-0 at Nigeria


  • DNP


Sept. 4 — Drew 1-1 vs. Nigeria


  • DNP


Nouhou earned his first senior call-up to Cameroon, but Les Lions Indomptables were eliminated from World Cup contention.

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JAMAICA — Oniel Fisher


Sept. 2 — Lost 2-0 at Canada (International friendly)


  • Started and went all 90 minutes


Jamaica and Canada had previously been eliminated from World Cup contention and participated in an international friendly at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario.

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