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Clint Dempsey

Dempsey Gets the Captain's Armband Against Costa Rica and Mexico

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named Clint Dempsey as the USA’s captain for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.

“Clint is one of our most experienced players and ready to assume a more vocal leadership role,” said Klinsmann. “He has been huge for us in World Cup Qualifying so far and is already one of our key leaders. We know he will do a great job for these two important games.”

Entering the weekend having earned 92 caps, the three-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year leads all U.S. scorers with six goals in this World Cup Qualifying cycle. He has tallied 11 overall from 27 career qualifiers, good for second on the USA’s all-time list.

Dempsey previously wore the armband once, taking over the role in the second half of the USA’s 0-0 draw against Colombia on Oct. 12, 2010, in Chester, Pa.

The U.S. will host Costa Rica at sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. MT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas, and fans can follow on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

As part of the event, U.S. Soccer is hosting a series of fan activities including a Pep Rally on March 21 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Denver.