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The Deuce is Loose Again

clint dempsey 001 The Deuce is Loose Again

American footballers have not exactly had a banner 2008 in Europe. But Clint Dempsey, once discarded by Fulham’s old school manager Roy Hodgson, has revitalized his fortunes most notably in yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Craven Cottage. Dempsey’s return to form creates more options for Bob Bradley in the attack when the US faces Mexico in February. For much of 2008 Dempsey looked like he was overworked, jetting back and forth from a relegation challenged club team to a national team that was overaly reliant on him for creating offense.

But now with Jozy Altidore and Kenny Cooper being integrated into the national team, and a confident Landon Donovan playing well for both club and country, Dempsey can shoulder less of the burden and be more effective for the national team.  With Fulham chasing a European place instead of relegation this season, Dempsey should be more relaxed when being forced to travel great lengths to join up with the national team.

Dempsey is peaking at the right time in the World Cup cycle for the US National Team. As the Hexagonal begins and Mexico looms you want your best players performing at the highest level. The majority of Mexico’s key players are currently  on better clubs than the top American players but few if any are having the impact Dempsey has recently.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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