Now, having endured a long, injury-riddled 2016, the Timbers hope to start yet another season-capping run, preferably starting with Sunday's 4-2 win over the Seattle Sounders.
Melano scored off Diego Chara's cross in the 29th minute, before Steven Taylor's header off a free kick in the 43rd to give the Timbers a 4-0 lead going into the break.
This season, Dempsey has amassed eight goals in 17 games with Seattle, including a hat trick against Orlando City on August 7.
Portland scored four goals in the first half then held on to snap the Sounders' five-game unbeaten streak. They beat the Timbers, 3-1, last Sunday in Seattle, but sit in eighth place in the conference standings. Dempsey was the U.S.'s top goal-scorer, leading coach Jurgen Klinsmann to hint that the forward could stick around through the 2018 World Cup.
"When you have one less attacker like that on the field, it always makes it a little bit tougher", Morris aid.
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Not having the big stick didn't cause any problems for Jutanugarn, who hit 14-of-14 fairways on Friday using either her 3-wood or 2-iron.
"Everybody here, us, US Soccer, Clint, we're all on the same page as to getting to the bottom of this", said Lagerwey.
Dempsey is undergoing evaluations for an irregular heartbeat.
The USA plays at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2 and hosts Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville Sept. 6 in WCA with a spot to reach the CONCACAF hexagonal on the lines.
A US soccer spokesperson confirmed to ESPN FC that Dempsey will not take part in the two matches, scheduled for September 2 and September 6, respectively. Nagbe has eight previous appearances with the national team.
"Everybody here - us, U.S. Soccer, Clint - we're all on the same page", Lagerwey said at practice Friday.
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