Category: Clint Dempsey

Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey are MLS’ best strike duo yet; By Steve Davis

Major League Soccer has seen its share of high quality strike duos over 20 years. There have even been striker partnerships that were merely “good” and even a couple of truly sensational ones, productive, classy and electrifying all at once. But let’s go ahead and start making the case that we are currently watching the best striker partnership that has ever tormented Major League Soccer’s back lines. Because up in Seattle, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins are making that case easier and easier to sell. I mean, have you seen these guys perform once they reach top gear? If not, ... Read more

Jurgen Klinsmann cannot build USMNT around Clint Dempsey; By Steve Davis

It doesn’t seem so long ago that Clint Dempsey’s naughty little shirt pull propelled him so usefully past a Ghanaian defender that 2006 day in Nuremburg. It was quintessential Dempsey – or what we would soon know as “quintessential Dempsey.” Seeing DaMarcus Beasley had created a midfield turnover, using those instincts to recognize the moment, Dempsey’s savvy shirt pull provided him the one-step head start he needed, a small edge that made a huge difference as he met Beasley’s curling ball. That marked the “want to” element and the street-smarts that have always been part of Dempsey’s game. From there, ... Read more

3 Reasons the Sounders Will Win the 2014 Supporters’ Shield

The Seattle Sounders, after their brilliant comeback in Los Angeles last weekend to earn a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, need only a draw to win the Supporters’ Shield this Saturday (live on NBC at 2:30pm ET). It’s a been a long, arduous journey for the Sounders, and they’ve already added one trophy to their cabinet this season. But the club is far from perfect; too many mistakes have come back to haunt them, leaving it to the last match of the season to decide their Supporters’ Shield fate. Here are 3 reasons why the Sounders will produce a result this ... Read more

WATCH Clint Dempsey’s Appearance on the David Letterman Show [VIDEO]

USA World Cup team captain Clint Dempsey was a guest on The Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday night. Dempsey made an appearance on the show with the veteran late show host. The Seattle Sounders and USMNT attacking midfielder/striker discussed several topics including how to tell the difference between a real injury and a fake injury, his experiences at Brazil 2014, his broken nose, etcetera. Watch the clips of Dempsey here: Mobile app users, watch the videos here and here.

Why The USA Used Clint Dempsey As a Lone Striker in Jozy Altidore’s Absence

The USMNT could not have had a better start to their World Cup when Seattle Sounders’ talisman Clint Dempsey scored in the first minute of group play against Ghana in Natal. It wasn’t all that easy though, as twenty-six minutes later the star striker, Jozy Altidore, went down holding his hamstring and  he was replaced by Aron Johannson. We have yet to see Johannson since and another player who has seen little action this summer is the other out-an- out striker Jurgen Klinsmann brought to Brazil, Chris Wondolowski. The San Jose Earthquakes striker has played only eight minutes thus far ... Read more

Clint Dempsey, USA World Cup Player Profile: From Humble Beginnings to the World’s Stage

One chance, one goal. Clint Dempsey’s life has been about seizing chances. Less than a minute into their match on Monday, the United States had a 1-0 lead thanks to an adventurous run, matched by a masterful Dempsey finish. His first opportunity near goal was taken head down, full speed ahead. Nothing was going to stop him. Not an oncoming defender and not a helpless goalkeeper. Nor will a broken nose from playing against Portugal. The same could be said about his path to becoming “Captain America.” Unlike some of his American teammates who grew up in suburban surroundings, playing ... Read more

USMNT Injury Report: Altidore Improving But Out Against Portugal

Jozy Altidore is officially out of the starting XI for the USMNT’s game against Portugal on Sunday in Manaus. After suffering a hamstring injury during the United State’s victory against Ghana, Altidore was carried off the pitch and underwent MRI scans at the team’s base in Sao Paulo. The Sunderland striker is unlikely to see any playing time unless the U.S. progress out of the group stage.  However, ESPN reported this evening that Altidore was walking with less awkwardness and pain then yesterday. Altidore appeared on Good Morning America stating, “I’m just going to focus on getting myself right and ... Read more

Jozy Altidore to Miss USMNT Game Against Portugal

The USMNT will face Portugal in Manaus without striker Jozy Altidore who suffered a hamstring injury during USA’s 2-1 victory over Ghana last Monday. Altidore was sprinting for a ball and pulled up clutching the back of his thigh. He was carried off the pitch looking to be in immense pain and underwent MRI scans at the team’s base in Sao Paulo. Altidore previously suffered a hamstring injury in 2011 and missed the Gold Cup finals. While the severity of his injury has yet to be released the United States will likely have to rely on Aron Johansonn, who replaced ... Read more