The Seattle Sounders may be without Clint Dempsey vs. FC Dallas on Saturday after the U.S. team captain suffered a left shoulder sprain during the first half of Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers, team reports said.
Dempsey appeared to dislocate his shoulder in the first half on a hard tackle from Diego Chara in the 19th minute. He twice went to the sidelines to seek treatment, but returned for the second half.
"He tried to play on, play through it and Chara commits four fouls in the first half and never gets carded," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid told reporters. "I think that's a key turning point in the game.
"You look at the times Dempsey got fouled, that crap has got to stop. The referee has to protect him and they don't. It doesn't matter if a foul is early in the game or late in the game."
The Sounders need one more win to earn a playoffs berth and have two more to play. Sunday's loss to Portland was their third straight and dropped the Sounders (15-11-6) into third place in the conference standings as the playoffs loom.
Seattle must play at least one of its remaining two matches without Osvaldo Alonso, who was shown a red card for elbowing Will Johnson. The Sounders could also be without Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins as the two forwards are currently injured.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.