Clint Dempsey vs. Costa Rica WCQ 2017-09-06
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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Recapping how Seattle Sounders internationals fared

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.