SEATTLE, WASH (KTRE) - After a health scare with his heart, Nacogdoches native and soccer superstar, Clint Dempsey, is back on the pitch training with his Seattle Sounders. Dempsey is lacing his boots up for the first time in almost six months since being diagnosed was an irregular heartbeat.
The 33-year-old was cleared to train for the Sounders first day of practice Wednesday, as the team is looking to defend their MLS Cup.
As of now, Dempsey is a full-go for practice and training, but has not been fully cleared to play in a game with its physical demands.
The Sounders front office said his progress looks promising, but they'll continue to have doctors monitoring his every move towards a full recovery.
"Clint has continued to make progress. Obviously he's out there today, you guys can see him. We've been pleased with his progress, his attitude has been awesome, he's worked really hard, we asked him to appear at work individually in the offseason and he's now progressed to a point where he's able to rejoin the team on a regular basis," said Sounders General Manager, Garth Lagerwey. "We still have some steps to get through but he's continued to make progress. We're happy with his progress, we're happy with his attitude, we're happy how far we've come, and we're excited about what the future might hold."
The Sounders have exhibition games during the first weekend in February. The franchise told the media "it's possible" Dempsey could make an appearance. However, the primary focus is on his health and getting back in shape.