TUKWILA (AP) — Clint Dempsey was back on the practice field Tuesday when the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders opened training camp.

General manager Garth Lagerwey said Dempsey has been cleared for full participation in training, though he will be monitored through the early stages of camp.

Dempsey missed Seattle's title run last season, sidelined by an irregular heartbeat that required an unspecified procedure to correct.

He last played for Seattle nearly five months ago. The team announced Dempsey's medical issue on Aug. 26 and the 33-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season a month later.