The 2014 FIFA World Cup is approaching and soccer fans all over the world are looking to the strengths and pitfalls of players and teams to make their bets on who will win. America’s team was on a rocky start to the finals, losing 2-1 in Honduras, while redeeming themselves in a hexagonal style match in Jamaica, finishing first. The process for the team is constantly changing as team positions are changed, new players are added, and formations are changed or refined. While the team has quite a few key players to their success, Clint Dempsey, USA midfielder and captain is quite literally the leader of the pack.
Name: Clinton Drew Dempsey
Weight: 170 lbs.
Place of Birth: Nacogdoches, United States
Clint is an American soccer player who plays professionally for the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer and is captain of the USA national soccer team. In the past Clint has played for three teams; the New England Revolution, Fulham, and Tottenham Hotspur. Depsey first represented the United States in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship while making his first World Cup appearance in 2006.
Dempsey is a versatile, right footed midfielder that usually plays dead center or right side positions. He is known for his ability to score goals at large distances but his aim gets deadlier in close proximity. Known to be tough and a hard working player, Clint played two games in 2004 with a broken jaw and has played through the pain of a sprained ankle multiple times. This resilience will be key in taking the USA team to victory in the FIFA World Cup.
Along with these great traits there are also some downfalls. Dempsey is known to be a fierce competitor with a very hot headed playing style. On several occasions Dempsey has lapsed into violence as the result of an unsatisfactory play or referee call. In 2006 alone he was suspended twice by MLS for violence against the opposing team.
Will Clint be able to take the USA team to victory? Only time will be able to tell. Right now it seems as though the team isn’t doing their best with a coach making puzzling play moves, player switches, and internal fights among the team. Coach Jurgen Klinsman is not hopeful that the team wlll be able to overcome these issues and win the World Cup. He has said several times that it is plainly “just not possible” for the team to win the 2014 Tournament. Many speculate that the downfall of the American team may be the coach himself.
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