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Hamstring Strain Sidelines U.S. captain Clint Dempsey for Europe Friendlies

CHICAGO (March 24, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. 

No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The match at NRGi Park in Aarhus will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, and UDN. Fans can follow all the action from the USA’s Zurich-based training camp on Twitter @ussoccer

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) 
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht) 

Six days after the Denmark match, the USA meets No. 12-ranked Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (FOXSports 1, UniMás, UDN). In June, the United States takes on two top-five ranked teams, meeting fifth-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam before facing 2014 FIFA World Cup champion Germany in Cologne.  

Klinsmann Calls 23 Players for Important Tests against Denmark and Switzerland

CHICAGO (March 22, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will bring 23 players to Europe for important friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. faces Denmark on March 25 in Aarhus in the first meeting between the teams since 2009 (3 p.m. ET - ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN). Six days later, the USA meets Switzerland – one of the eight seeded teams in the 2014 FIFA World Cup – on March 31 in Zurich (Fox Sports 1, UniMas, UDN).

The matches fall on FIFA fixture dates and come in conjunction with camps for the U-23 Men’s National Team, which will play Bosnia-Herzegovina and Denmark in preparation matches for Olympic qualifying, and the U-20 Men’s National Team that is getting ready for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup this summer in New Zealand.

Denmark sits atop Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. The teams last met in the same town six years ago, with the Danes collecting a 3-1 victory.

Currently ranked No. 12 in the world, Switzerland boasts 13 players with experience in the current Champions League season. The last match between the U.S. and Switzerland occurred on Oct. 17, 2007 with the USA running out 1-0 winners in Basel.

“This is a really exciting time for our National Teams, because it’s not only our games with the senior team, it’s also the U-23s now playing two friendlies and the U-20s playing a friendly with England,” said Klinsmann. “From a senior team perspective, we have a very competitive roster. It’s a great opportunity to look at our many players based in Europe and Mexico while the MLS players are still getting into a rhythm. We are here to challenge ourselves against two strong opponents, and at the end of the day we also want to get results.”

The roster is heavy on U.S. players based in Europe in Mexico with a total of 16 players on the roster plying their trade outside the United States. Six players, including team captain Clint Dempsey, hail from MLS, while Miguel Ibarra represents the NASL. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been left off the roster while he and his wife await the birth of their first child.

Two players based in Mexico – defender Ventura Alvarado from Club America and goalkeeper William Yarbrough from Club Leon – are making their first appearance in a U.S. National Team camp. Meantime, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson returns for the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Reading midfielder Danny Williams is back after more than a year.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon) 
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)

ROSTER NOTES  

  • A total of 11 players on the roster were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death,” including three goalscorers.
  • Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley were the only two players who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey is the leading capwinner on the roster with 112 appearances. Bradley is next in line to reach the century mark, having played 93 games.
  • Bradley’s first career goal proved the game-winner in the 1-0 win against Switzerland on Oct.17, 2007, in Basel.
  • Seven countries and nine leagues are represented on the roster: Canada, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States
  • Jozy Altidore, Bradley, Dempsey and Brek Shea are the goalscorers for the U.S. in 2015.  Dempsey has three goals from the first two matches of the MLS season, while Altidore netted a pair in his first match for Toronto FC.
  • Rimando boasts an impressive 10-1-2 career record with four shutouts.
  • Greg Garza started the last five games of 2014 following the World Cup. The Club Tijuana left back has been a part of every level of National Team programming, beginning with the U-14s.
  • Aron Johannsson has the chance to make his first appearance since replacing Jozy Altidore in the first half of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana in their opening match of the World Cup in Brazil. He has been hampered by injuries since then and is fighting his way back into the lineup at AZ.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the NASL.
  • Danny Williams also has the opportunity to get his first action since March 5, 2014, when he started against Ukraine in Cyprus.
  • Rubio Rubin is the only age-eligible player on the roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The F.C. Utrecht forward, who scored on the weekend, earned his first senior team cap and start on Nov. 11, 2014, against then No. 3-ranked Colombia.
  • William Yarbrough, 26, was born and raised in Mexico to two American parents. He has marshaled the backline for Club Leon to the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura titles.

Q&A - Jurgen Klinsmann: "We Can’t Wait to Get These Games Going"

U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss a broad range of topics ahead of the USA's upcoming European friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. The U.S. boss touched on the kick-off of the 2015 MLS season, tracking players in Europe and Mexico, plus, guiding youth players toward the Senior National Team.

ussoccer.com: What have been the scouting priorities for the staff since the team’s last gathering?

JK:  “Really our priority in terms of scouting has been to look all over the place and see as many games as possible. In Europe, we are looking at the players playing in Germany, in Holland with Rubio Rubin and Aron Johannsson, going down to Mexico and seeing the players there who are involved in a very busy schedule right now  having started very early in the year, and obviously we are thrilled getting the ball rolling in MLS.”

ussoccer.com: The Bundesliga-based players are earning consistent playing time, particularly John Brooks and Timmy Chandler. What have you seen from those players?

JK: “It’s great to see John Brooks playing week in and week out and consistently being a starter. He’s getting very good reviews over there. Matthias Hamann, Andi Herzog and Berti Vogts are all looking after our players in Germany and have seen a lot of good stuff. Timmy Chandler after the World Cup was struggling a bit to get his starting spot, and now he is always in the starting lineup. He’s playing consistently on a good level, so that is very promising. It’s a pity seeing a few players injured in the German environment, if it’s Terrence Boyd, Joe Gyau, and Bobby Wood. They are having a tough time getting through their injuries now. Overall, the news out of Germany is very good.”

MNT left back Timmy Chandler battles the Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie in the USA's final match of 2014.

ussoccer.com: Aron Johannsson is a player we haven’t seen since the World Cup. He’s back from injury and getting minutes. How have you followed his progress?

JK: “We had Aron Johannsson watched by Andi Herzog. We are glad to see Aron back in the mix and getting his games, even if it’s not always as a starter yet. He had a rough time after the World Cup with injuries. It took him a long time to get back in the picture, but once he gets back on the field he’s always smelling the goal and scoring. That’s what a goalscorer is all about – he has to prove his point by putting the ball in the net. That’s what Aron is doing. We are looking forward to having him back in our group.”

ussoccer.com: What have been your impressions of the start of the MLS season?

JK: “As a start, it was a huge opening weekend for MLS. It was awesome to see full stadiums all over the place. It’s been very exciting to go from game to game and seeing our players in action, whether it was Jozy Altidore scoring two goals or Clint Dempsey scoring two goals in Seattle, Nick Rimando playing well, and then new teams in the league. Seeing Brek Shea at left back in Orlando City, where we tried him out in the January camp is pretty exciting. Having players like Kaka and David Villa in the United States is awesome. It’s been an exciting start to MLS and for all soccer fans in the country, and we are looking forward to the upcoming games.”

ussoccer.com: Jozy Altidore scored twice in his debut. How important is it for Jozy’s confidence to hit the ground running?

JK: “Seeing Jozy Altidore getting on the scoring side of it right away was very important. He had a tough time the last 18 months in the Premier League, and for him it’s an awesome feeling to start right away with two goals. We all know what Jozy can do when he’s healthy and fit. Hopefully he’s off to a fantastic season. It’s also great seeing Clint get going from the start, and Mix Diskerud with New York City Football Club scoring the first goal for that new franchise is exciting. It’s a lot of promising stuff.” 

ussoccer.com: Brek Shea is getting a reboot to his career in Orlando. They are also using him as a left back. Is it a position where you see him having continued potential?

JK: “Brek Shea has the potential to become a very, very strong left back. He’s obviously a guy that always wants to go forward. He can score goals. He can create goals. If he learns the defending side of the game – being very physical, very focused, being connected to his center back and holding a line, getting all the tactical elements for what it takes to be a good defender - it adds that card into his portfolio and the coach from Orlando can choose where to play him, we can choose where to play him, it’s just great to see. We started that process in the January camp and Orlando took it over. We stay in touch with each other. It can only get better.”


MNT defender Brek Shea scored the USA's opening goal of 2015 in a January friendly against Chile in Rancagua. 

ussoccer.com: What type of roster will you bring to Denmark and Switzerland?

JK: “We are going to bring in a very strong roster into Denmark and Switzerland. It’s a bit tricky obviously because MLS has just started and it’s early in the season, so those players don’t have a rhythm yet. Meanwhile, the European-based players are in a full rhythm and the Mexican-based players are in a full rhythm, so we will bring what we believe will be the strongest roster into these two friendlies. It will be an interesting mix. We are there to learn, to play against very good opponents, but also to get results.”

ussoccer.com: During the upcoming window, the Senior Team will play two matches; the U-23s will play two matches against Bosnia and Denmark, and the U-20s are in London for a pair of games. These are important opportunities for the Youth National Teams, and at the same time, you are preparing for the Gold Cup. How do you go about balancing the rosters?

JK: “It’s getting really exciting because 2015 really kicks off now. MLS is in full swing starting their schedule, and with the FIFA fixture dates coming up, we get the opportunity to play the Senior Team, and at the same time, to build the U-23s and the U-20s have to prepare for the World Cup this summer.

“It’s exciting for us coaches to see who could play where. Is there a younger one maybe coming with me to Denmark and Switzerland, or is he going with Andi Herzog to be with the U-23s in Bosnia and Denmark, or do we keep an 18-year-old player with Tab because he is going to go to the World Cup this summer. We will juggle these things and we will balance it out. At the end of the day, the priority is always the Senior Team in order to be the strongest team possible, but at the same time it’s great for us coaches to see everybody competing for his spot and his future opportunities.

“For the youngsters to look towards the U-20 World Cup is huge. For the U-23s, we have to get them going in order to prepare for the qualifiers later this year towards the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Andi Herzog has his hands full with that group. For me and the Senior Team perspective, I’m looking at all these youngsters and thinking who can come through these periods and develop the fastest possible in order to make himself a strong competitor for the senior group. So this is a great time now, and we can’t wait to get these games going at the end of the month.”

ussoccer.com: The U-17s just qualified for the 2015 FIFA World Cup, and did so after fighting through some adversity. As you have talked about, at that age level, it’s not just about winning but also about experience. How important are experiences like that for player development?

JK: Having the U-17s being in Honduras trying to qualify for the World Cup and go through that stuff is priceless. It’s so important for them to deal with different conditions, to deal with emotions, to deal with difficult moments in a game where they have to solve it, to deal with fatigue and climate. It is only making them better. Having them go through these challenges is very important, because that’s what they have to learn for their future. It’s only going to get more difficult the older they grow. It’s the same for our U20s going into the World Cup this summer. You face very difficult opponents and you reach your limits. These experiences for the younger age groups are critical, which is why having these games on the FIFA fixture dates and getting them involved is so important. They need these opportunities to grow and to make it to the highest level possible in their career.”

MNT Players in Club Action Across the Globe and the Airwaves this Weekend

With the USMNT’s March friendlies against Denmark (March 25, ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN) and Switzerland (March 31, FOX Sports 1, UniMás, UDN) quickly approaching, time is running out for the players to convince the coaching staff they should be included for the matches that start the honing process for the all-important 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. The staff will have plenty of opportunity to watch the player pool in action this weekend – and so will fans!

Check out all the MNT players in action with their clubs across the globe (All TV times ET):

FRIDAY
The spotlight is on the kickoff of the 20th season of Major League Soccer when the 2014 defending champion LA Galaxy hosts the Chicago Fire. World Cup vet Omar Gonzalez stands at one end with MNT neophyte Gyassi Zardes as the pair stare down Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson at the other. (10 p.m., UniMas)

SATURDAY
The FA Cup quarterfinals kick off with a trip to famed Wembley Stadium on offer in one of the oldest and most prestigious cup competitions in the world. Brad Guzan and Aston Villa host West Bromwich Albion in the first leg (12:30 p.m., FOX Soccer Plus). In another final eight matchup, Reading midfielder Danny Williams continues his resurgence as the Royals head to League One side Bradford City (7:45 a.m., FS1). In the only Premier League match of the weekend, DeAndre Yedlin’s Spurs travel to QPR with a huge opportunity to pick up points in the race to reach European competition next season (10 a.m., NBCSN).

In Germany, Fabian Johnson is fresh off scoring his first goal of the campaign and Borussia Moenchengladbach travel to Mainz looking to keep their hold on third place in the Bundesliga table (12:30 p.m., GolTV).

South of the border, Club Tijuana look to maintain their lead at the top of the Liga MX Torneo Clausura after going 6-1-1 in the first eight matches. Joe Corona hopes to continue to earn minutes after recovering from injury, while Greg Garza will be kept out as a precaution after a minor hip injury on the weekend. Meantime, defender Michael Orozco has started all eight games for Puebla and has helped his side to fourth place as they travel to Chiapas (10 p.m., UDN).

MLS has a host of matches available on DIRECT KICK/MLS LIVE, led by the debut of Jozy Altidore alongside MNT compatriot Michael Bradley at Toronto FC when they square off against cross-coast Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps (6 p.m.). Check local listings for the full MLS schedule.

SUNDAY
Last things first – the U.S. Under-17 MNT has a chance to book their ticket to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Currently sporting a 3-0-0 record at the top of Group A in CONCACAF Qualifying, a win against host Honduras would guarantee advancement to this fall’s tournament in Chile (FOX Soccer Plus, 10 p.m.).

The big draw will be the debut of the newest additions to MLS, with 60,000 plus packing the Citrus Bowl to watch Orlando City FC hosts NYCFC. Brek Shea is hoping for a jumpstart to his career wearing the purple of the Lions, while Mix Diskerud kicks off his domestic professional career with the Big Apple’s newest MLS entrant NYCFC (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m.). Matt Besler will marshal the backline and Graham Zusi appears to be ready to go when Sporting Kansas City hosts the new look New York Red Bulls (FS1, 7 p.m.), while MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution will be without their MNT contingent in Seattle as Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are still sidelined for the opener against U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, MNT defender Brad Evans and Sounders FC (FS1, FOX Deportes, 9:30 p.m.). 

WHAT ELSE TO CHECK OUT …
Alejandro Bedoya returns from the infirmary to join his Nantes teammates when they meet Stade de Reims, who hover three points above the relegation zone … Jonathan Spector’s Birmingham City side have surpassed their point total from last season, and hope to climb into the top half of the table against Midlands rival Derby …  It could be young versus younger in Holland when Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar travel to face Rubio Rubin and FC Utrecht on Sunday … Finally, Eintracht Frankfurt’s starting right back Timmy Chandler gets an early look at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne, which will host USA-Germany on June 5. 

MNT Closes Out January Camp with Win Over Panama

Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey scored first-half goals and the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Panama 2-0 in the USA’s 2015 home opener.

Dempsey’s craftiness, unpredictability and fearlessness meshed with his defensive acumen have made him a potent threat for both club and country.  Becoming the second U.S. player in history to score in multiple World Cups when he tallied the first goal by the U.S. in 2014 against Ghana and the tying goal against England in 2010, it was his bravery and commitment that opened the door to Landon Donovan’s game-winner against Algeria. The dazzling midfielder has consistently shown his mettle as a big-game player, scoring in consecutive matches against Egypt, Spain and Brazil during the USA’s historic run to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final. He has amassed 14 career goals in World Cup qualifying, good for first place on the all-time U.S. list. After establishing his credentials as a bona fide goal-scorer in the Premier League by becoming Fulham’s all-time leader with 50 league goals, he welcomed a new challenge by signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013 after a final season in England with Tottenham Hotspur.

  • Has started and played nine games for the U.S. in 2014
  • Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • Scored the go-ahead goal against Portugal in the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an 81st-minute finish of a Graham Zusi cross that Dempsey put in with his six pack
  • In the opening match against Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored the fastest ever goal for the U.S. and fifth-fastest in World Cup history with a goal just 30 seconds into the game
  • With his goal against Ghana he became the only U.S. player to score in three different FIFA World Cups
  • Named captain of the U.S. MNT by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beginning with the USA’s second Hexagonal match of 2013 against Costa Rica on March 22
  • Voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor for the second consecutive time and third overall
  • Led the team in scoring for the second straight year, tallying six goals. His 30 career strikes are good for a third-place tie with Brian McBride on the USA’s all-time leaderboard.
  • Scored the game-tying goal against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, becoming only the second U.S. player in history at the time to score in multiple World Cups
  • After picking up Man of the Match honors and scoring in both the win against Egypt and the semifinal victory against No. 1-ranked Spain, the crafty Dempsey earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 Confederations Cup for his outstanding attacking play
  • Scored the USA’s lone credited goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, leveling the score 1-1 against Ghana in the final group match
  • Set the goalscoring record for an American in the EPL when he reached 37 career goals surpassing Brian McBride
  • His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV

2014: Has started and appeared nine games for the U.S. in 2014, netting three goals ... Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... In the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored a go-ahead goal to put the U.S. up 2-1 over Portugal in the 81st minute when he finished a Graham Zusi cross ... Became the first American to score in three FIFA World Cups when he scored against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Scored 30 seconds into the match against Ghana on June 16, recording the fastest U.S. goal and fifth-fastest overall in World Cup history ... 2013: Had his most successful year with the National Team, being named captain after the first game of the final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and tying his career best with six goals (three in WCQ) … Began the year on fire with five goals in his first five matches … Scored two goals, the latter of which proved the game-winner, against Germany (then ranked No. 2 in the world) on June 2 to climb to second place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goals scored list with 36 … His three goals in World Cup Qualifying moved him to 13 all-time and tied him with Landon Donovan atop the USA’s WCQ goal-scorers list; Dempsey also now sits second on the MNT’s all-time WCQ caps list with 34, six behind Donovan … Became only the 14th player in MNT history to reach 100 caps, when he started against Costa Rica in WCQ on Sept. 6, scoring a penalty goal to mark the occasion …  2012: Posted a career-high six goals, including five in the Semifinal Round of qualifying … Adding to the import, Dempsey recorded three game-winners, including the decisive goal in the historic 1-0 victory in Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa … Earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors four times and in three qualifiers … Tallied the lone goal in the 1-1 draw with Guatemala on June 12 in Guatemala City, then scored the game-winner in the return leg Oct. 16 in Kansas City that sealed first place in the group …  2011: Finished the year with five goals and two assists in 14 appearances, leading the team in goals and points … Secured fourth place all-time for most U.S. goals scored with a career total of 24, tied with Joe-Max Moore … Scored the second U.S. goal in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, earning him Man of the Match honors … Clinched the USA’s first win under Jurgen Klinsmann with a curling left-footed shot from 15 yards out in the 1-0 victory against Honduras on Oct. 8 … Scored the game-winner on a close-range finish from a Landon Donovan pass against Panama to lift the U.S. into its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final … Started each of the U.S.’s six matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring three goals and adding one assist in the tournament, including the second goal in both 2-0 wins against Canada and Jamaica  and helping Donovan notch the U.S.’s second goal against Mexico in the final, for which he earned Man of the Match honors … Also earned Man of the Match honors for his performances against Paraguay in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29 and against Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. …2010: Scored the game-tying goal against England on June 12 after spinning Steven Gerrard to give the U.S. a crucial point in the World Cup opener … Fired the fourth-most shots (15) of any player in the group phase of the World Cup … One of the USA’s standout players in the Round of 16 defeat against Ghana; he won the penalty that allowed the U.S. to tie the game …Tallied the game winner in the 2-1 victory against Turkey on May 29 in Hartford … 2009: Surpassed the 50-cap mark while posting a career-high 14 starts …  Started eight of 10 final round qualifiers … Headed home the third goal against Egypt on June 21 that sealed the USA’s advancement to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup … Picked the pocket of Sergio Ramos to tuck home the insurance goal in the 74th minute of the 2-0 win against Spain on June 24 in Bloemfontein … Opened the USA’s scoring against Brazil in the final with another picture-perfect finish from a Jonathan Spector delivery … Won the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Confederations Cup … Scored the game-tying goal by alertly defeating an offside trap in the 2-1 home win on Sept. 5 against El Salvador … 2008: Started all 10 games he featured in during 2008, including games against England, Spain and Argentina … Tied for the team lead with four goals, all of which came in World Cup qualifying … Grabbed winning goals against Barbados and Cuba during the USA’s five-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying ... Scored the team’s fastest goal in U.S. World Cup qualifying history against Barbados, putting the U.S. in front after just 53 seconds en route to earning Man of the Match honors … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2007 … Played a team-leading 1,048 minutes in 2007, including 13 starts … Finished second on the team in points with three goals and two assists … Played a vital part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup side that beat Mexico 2-1 in the final … Played the entirety of the tournament up front for the United States as a dangerous target man … Scored the winning goal against Guatemala in the opening game of the competition … Put his name on the scoresheet for the USA’s friendly against Brazil when he turned in a Steve Cherundolo cross to briefly tie the game at 2-2 … 2006: A stellar year for both club and country, he was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in two games as a starter vs. Italy and Ghana … His thumping strike against Ghana, from a DaMarcus Beasley cross, was one of the iconic moments of the team’s World Cup campaign … Scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 triumph against Poland on March 1 in Kaiserslautern, Germany … Finished the year with nine appearances for the national team, scoring four goals and tying him for top scorer … 2005: Appeared in 13 games in 2005, including six qualifying games … Tied for the second-most appearances for the year alongside Kasey Keller … Tallied his first-ever national team goal in the 2-1 loss against England on May 28 in Chicago, finishing off a rebound from a Carlos Bocanegra shot … Played in four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches to help the U.S. win its third title … Got the championship run kick-started by scoring the USA’s first goal of the tournament, perfectly timing a run to beat the Cuban defense just before the halftime whistle en route to a 4-1 win July 7 in Seattle … Put his name on the scoresheet in the June 4 qualifying win against Costa Rica, his deflected shot falling at the feet of Brian McBride to set up the USA’s third goal in the 3-0 shutout victory in Salt Lake City … 2004: Made his first appearance for the MNT in the final game of the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup qualifying on Nov. 17 against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium, coming on as a reserve for Ramiro Corrales in the 65th minute … Under-20s: Named to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship roster, he made one appearance in the United Arab Emirates as a substitute against South Korea in the team’s final group match … Was named to the roster for two international tournaments in Houston, Texas, and Spain … Scored his first goal with the U-20s against Canada in a 2-1 win at the USASA Festival in Houston … Had a total of 12 appearances with the U.S., including nine internationals in 2003 … Played in four games with the U-20s in 2002, getting two starts … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2004, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: May 28, 2005, vs. England


2014: After returning to MLS last August, Dempsey led the Sounders to the best record in the League in 2014 and into a first place regular-season finish in the western conference, appearing in 28 games and starting 25...Seattle is set to face the LA Galaxy in the conference finals of the MLS playoffs... Scored a team second-best 15 goals in the season and seven assists... Named to the MLS All-Star roster... 2013: Made a major splash in American soccer by returning to MLS with Seattle Sounders FC after calling time on his career in the English Premier League, during which he amassed 213 appearances and 57 goals (the most by an American in EPL history) … Debuted with Sounders FC on Aug. 8 in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC and went on to make a total of nine appearances (six starts) for Seattle … Scored his first MLS goal since leaving the league in 2006 in Seattle’s regular season finale, a 1-1 draw with LA on Oct. 27 …  2012: Moved across London to Tottenham Hotspur in an 11th- hour deal on the final day of the summer transfer window … His first goal for the club was a doozy, the game-winner in the 3-2 win on Sept. 29 against Manchester United at Old Trafford … Made 16 league appearances to start the season, starting 12 and scoring four goals … 2011-12: Finished his career at Fulham with 50 league goals, a club record … Posted a career-high 17 goals in 37 Premier League matches … Recorded two hat tricks within two weeks, first in the 4-0 win against Charlton on Jan. 7 in the FA Cup … Fourteen days later, netted three in 5-2 win on Jan. 21 against Newcastle  … His goal in the 85th minute on Dec. 5 against Liverpool gave Fulham a 1-0 win, and set the record (37) for most goals by an American in the EPL … Scored a goal and notched an assist in the 6-0 win against Queen’s Park Rangers on Oct. 2 … Added two goals in the 3-0 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League … 2010-11: Finished the 2010-11 campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with 13 tallies and a career-high 37 appearances in the Premier League, 42 in total … Voted the 2010-11 Player of the Year for Fulham by the fans … Played in every match to open the campaign, including 20 starts in 22 total appearances … In the first half of the season, he already had eight goals and nine in all competitions … Every goal scored came in either a victory or a draw for Fulham … Scored both goals in the 2-0 victory on Oct. 30 against Wigan … 2009-10: Finished 2009-10 with 43 appearances in all competitions, including 12 in the Europa League … Had nine goals in all competitions, and seven in the EPL … The wonder strike against Juventus on March 18 that put his team in the quarterfinals of the Europa League was voted the 2010 BBC London Sporting Moment of the Year … His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal on April 22 made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV … Logged 34 minutes in the return leg a week later … Scored in back-to-back games, netting the tying goal in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Oct. 25 and the last goal in the 3-1 win against Liverpool six days later … Potted a pair in the 3-0 win on Nov. 25 against Blackburn … 2008-09: Started every match in all competitions for Fulham after the new year … Finished the season with seven goals, helping Fulham to a seventh place finish – their best ever in the EPL - and a spot in the Europa League …Registered two goals in the 3-1 win on April 12 at Manchester City … Scored his first brace in English soccer when he netted two goals against Chelsea during a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Dec. 28 … Started eight games of Fulham's nine-game Premier League unbeaten run to close out 2008 … Opened his goalscoring account on the season with a crucial equalizer against Portsmouth at Fratton Park ... Began the season as a substitute for Fulham but forced his way into the starting lineup after a series of good performances in the fall … 2007-08: In his first full season with Fulham, he featured in 36 of the team's 38 games … Scored six goals on the season and added two assists to become the team's top scorer in the Premier League ... After being thrust into a role as a striker after Brian McBride’s injury, he responded admirably, netting goals in three consecutive Premier League games against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Wigan … He was also named as Player of the Month for August by Fulham’s supporter group … Helped Fulham narrowly escape relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth … 2006-07: Made the jump across the Atlantic, joining Fulham for around $4 million … There he joined fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride … Though he struggled to break into the team at first, he came on strong in the final weeks of the season and scored the club’s most vital goal of the season … His goal against Liverpool on May 5 effectively saved Fulham from relegation, as it gave them three points and took them away from the drop zone … In total, he made 10 appearances in midfield for the team, scoring one goal …2006: Was limited to only 21 appearances for the Revolution due to World Cup duty and injury … Still tallied eight goals for the club, and four assists … Was named to the MLS Best XI and was also a starter in the All-Star Game against Chelsea …  2005: Posted 10 goals and nine assists in 26 games, good for second best on the team scoring charts … His fourth-minute goal against Chicago in the Eastern Conference championship sent the Revolution to their second MLS Cup final … Collected a host of honors from MLS, including being named to the MLS Best XI and starting the All-Star game … Chosen as the MLS Player of the Month for April after scoring four goals and adding three assists in five games …2004: Won MLS Rookie of the Year after a remarkable first season with the New England Revolution … Played in 24 of 30 games, finishing tied for third on the team with seven goals scored and fifth in points with 15 … Helped the Revolution advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to D.C. United 4-3 on penalty kicks … Earned his first appearance as a substitute in the 83rd minute on April 3 against L.A. … Started the first game of his MLS career, playing 90 minutes on April 17 vs. San Jose … Scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 12th minute against the MetroStars on April 25.


Full name is Clinton Drew Dempsey ... Nickname is “Deuce” … He and wife Bethany have three children, daughters Elysia and Sophia and son Jackson … Son of Aubrey and Debbie Dempsey ... Fourth of five children … Loves fishing … Parents used to drive Clint to practice on a six-hour round trip to Dallas three times a week … A huge fan of hip-hop, he recorded his own single “Don’t Tread” in 2006 … Was a health and exercise science major at Furman.

College – As a three-year star at Furman at midfield and forward, he was in the top four on the team in scoring in each of his three years for the Paladins, finishing with 17 goals and 19 assists for 53 points in 62 games … During his time at Furman, he helped lead his team to a pair of Southern Conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the third round in 2002 and a top 10 national ranking … He was selected to the NSCAA Second Team All-America squad in 2002 and was an All-Southern Conference selection all three years, along with being a two-time NSCAA All-South region choice.

High School / Club – Is a 2001 graduate of Nacogdoches High School ... Led Nacogdoches to a combined 54-2-3 record over his last three seasons, which included three district championships ... Scored 55 goals and recorded 23 assists over his career at Nacogdoches ... Selected as team MVP and district MVP to the Academic All District team, the all-state team and was nominated as an All American as a senior ... Also earned all-district and academic all-district honors as a sophomore and a junior and all-state as a junior ... A member of the Dallas Texans club soccer program ... Led the Texans as their leading scorer and captain.
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