Clint Dempsey and Other Players to Watch in MLS Weekend Action

Peter Brownell@pbnoregard11Contributor IAugust 10, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 05:  Former U.S. National Team Captain Clint Dempsey speaks to the media during a press conference announcing his signing with the Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on August 5, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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This weekend of Major League Soccer marks the return of a legend to America’s top flight professional soccer league: the United States Men’s National Team's captain, Clint Dempsey.

The Seattle Sounders will take the Dempsey show on the road to Canada to face a Toronto FC side that is unbeaten in its last three MLS matches.

While seeing Dempsey back in MLS will spark intrigue of its own, it might well be even more fascinating to see how manager Sigi Schmid deploys his newest weapon. Deuce is a diverse enough to player to fit in just about anywhere in the midfield or as a striker.

Odds are, though, that with Designated Player Obafemi Martins available, as well as USMNT striker Eddie Johnson, the Texan will find himself in a No. 10-inspired role.

Regardless, it is official: Clint Dempsey is a Major League Soccer employee.

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Here are three other players to watch this weekend in MLS.

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls are scorching hot, most recently coming off a massive road victory against fellow Eastern Conference favorites Sporting Kansas City.

They head to Columbus to face a Crew side that has been unable to put together a full 90-minute performance of late.

Historically, the Frenchman has picked apart the Crew, seemingly scoring goals at will against a slower MLS backline.

This could be a multiple-goal performance out of Titi. The tallies could be dripping with flair, too.

Landon Donovan

The L.A. Galaxy’s match against FC Dallas tonight should mark the return of Landon Donovan to competitive action for Bruce Arena’s club.

L.D. sliced and diced the competition in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, leading the tournament in nearly every offensive category. Donovan is in rare form and is set to continue to tear apart opponents in MLS.

Not to mention, too, that the whispers of interest from Europe (via Goal.com) surrounding Donovan are rearing their head once again. It will be great entertainment to watch and see if he can lead L.A. to a third straight MLS Cup title.

Luis Silva

Since being traded from Toronto FC to D.C. United, Luis Silva has been brilliant. The second-year attacking midfielder has already notched three goals in his three games for the black and red.

He now leads United in goals scored and has been a key cog in why Ben Olsen’s team has been able to find improved play.