19
Sep

Hustle and flow: Clint Dempsey rapping at a FIFA 15 release party

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(Image: USA Today)

Clint Dempsey is a man of many talents, which is what one would expect from the captain of the USMNT. One of his lesser-known talents, though, is that he can spit hot fire on the mic.

Dempsey, a.k.a. “Deuce” in the rapping world, took to the stage at a FIFA 15 release party to drop a verse from “Hot Fire,” a track he collaborates with fellow Houston rapper “XO” on.

Deuce starts going on at about the 1:10 mark of the video, and we have to say: We were actually pretty impressed with his chops. What do you think?

(h/t Pies)

18
Sep

Ex-Fulham captain reveals that Clint Dempsey punched out a window

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U.S. men’s national team fans are pretty familiar with Clint Dempsey’s passion for the game. But maybe they didn’t know how far the captain’s emotions could take him.

Fulham’s former captain Danny Murphy has some insight.

In a interview with talkSPORT, Murphy discussed a ‘horrible moment’ where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, tearing up his hand in the process.

According to Murphy, Dempsey was furious after being told he wouldn’t start the Europa League semi-final in 2010 just hours before the match. 

He was being replaced by Bobby Zamora, who had been in doubt due to injury.

"Basically half his finger was off and you could see his tendon. Glass shattered - it was some punch by the way. Blood was going everywhere. This was all because he wanted to play of course," said Murphy.

After calming down, Dempsey was bandaged up and came on a substitute for Fulham’s 2-1 win over Hamburg.

But based on Murphy’s retelling, it was a scary moment he won’t soon forget.

(h/t Daily Mail)

(Image: Getty)

14
Sep

President Obama makes good on USA-Belgium World Cup beer bet

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Barack Obama has a lot on his plate at the moment, but the POTUS still found time to make good on his World Cup bet with his Belgian counterpart.

As you may remember, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted Obama a friendly wager ahead of the two nations’ Round of 16 tie, with the loser having to send a case of the country’s finest beer to the other. Though he never tweeted back, Obama accepted. Secretary of Defense Tim Howard did everything he could, but Belgium eventually squeaked out the win in extra time.

Two months later, Obama finally paid up, sending the Belgian embassy in Washington D.C. a case of Sam Adams Boston Lager, as well as a case of the Boston brewery’s seasonal variety pack. Fancy! (The POTUS’ choice was also pointed: Sam Adams is America’s largest USA-owned craft brewery.)

Attached was also a handwritten note from Obama personally, which ends with this great line: “As Americans, we’re always grateful for the partnership with our Belgian allies. Except on the pitch. See you in 2018.”

Sounds like a new bet!

Image provided by Getty

12
Aug

Landon Donovan is the latest athlete to have a “Short Memory”

It was a tough summer for Landon Donovan. The United States legend was left off of the World Cup roster in what would turn out to be his last chance to play in the world’s biggest tournament.

Some might say it was a summer to forget for the LA Galaxy star. Well, for Foot Locker’s latest edition of athletes with short memories, it literally was just that.

Donovan joins Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen on the list of greats that that have simply “forgotten” the worst moments of their careers. 

"I’m the captain!" Apparently it’s not just short memory that’s afflicting Donovan, but "revised" memory as well.

7
Aug

Soccer community reacts to Landon Donovan’s retirement

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Landon Donovan’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the season was met with an outpouring of respect and adulation from his teammates, both past and present. Even his old Premier League club Everton checked in to send their best regards!

Check out some of the reaction on Twitter:

7
Aug

#TBT: Landon Donovan’s classic goal vs Algeria

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Good thing Landon Donovan picked a Thursday to announce his impending retirement. This gives us the perfect excuse for possibly the greatest Throwback Thursday post to date.

Get ready for some goosebumps. Here is Donovan’s classic winner vs Algeria that sealed the USA’s progress into the 2010 World Cup knockout stage, and the world’s reaction to it:

#ThanksLD!

19
Jul

Clint Dempsey earns spot on FIFA 15 Cover

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Seattle forward Clint Dempsey returned from the World Cup to find out he had landed another honor: a place on the cover of FIFA 2015.

Dempsey is the first American player to land on the cover of the game since Landon Donovan in 2011. He will share the duties with Lionel Messi when the game hits the shelves in September.

"It’s crazy," Dempsey said in a phone interview on Friday. "It’s really cool. I was a fan of the game growing up, playing with my friends. Going from playing the game with my friends to being able to play with my own player in the game and now being on the cover, it’s something that’s pretty special. It’s an honor."

It is also a sign of Dempsey’s cultural relevance in a World Cup year and the increasing influence of MLS on the whole. The popularity of the game — and the presence of the U.S. captain on the cover of it — offers yet another entry point for emerging fans. If Dempsey’s presence prompts more players to opt for MLS sides instead of Barcelona or Real Madrid, then it is exactly the sort of development that can help the league moving forward.

Those broader concerns matter in the long term for a league still seeking to expand its foothold among the general population, but the cachet afforded by Dempsey’s place on the cover reaps immediate benefits, too.  

"I’m super excited that Clint’s on the cover," Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin said. "I think the fans not only in Seattle, but throughout America will really like it and appreciate because Clint is such a familiar face in soccer, especially in America. I think everybody’s really going to like it. I’m excited to see the response."

Dempsey dons his Sounders FC alternate jersey on the XBox version of the cover (Seattle has the Xbox logo on the front of its kits) and wears his international jersey on the PS4 cover.

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Photos courtesy of EA Sports

18
Jul

Terrence Boyd has sweet debut with RB Leipzig, impresses Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sure, it was just a friendly in pre-season. But we’re pretty sure USA striker Terrence Boyd won’t forget this match for a while.

First of all, he scored his first goal for RB Leipzig in his debut with the club. Oh, and it was against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PSG:

Not only did Boyd get his name on the scoresheet in his first match for his new club, he got one of the most coveted possessions in the world: Zlatan’s game-worn jersey.

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Special moment: PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Terrence Boyd his kit at halftime. (Photo: Getty Images).

Just look at his teammate’s face, he can’t hide his jealousy. Terrence, make sure you keep that magical piece of cloth under lock and key.

4
Jul

Tim Howard shows epic defense again as he blocks a hug from a fan

Tim Howard has become something of a national hero after his unbelievable string of saves ensured the USA came out of the World Cup with their heads held high.
Memes, a petition to the White House and phone calls from Barack Obama - just some of the hullabaloo surrounding Howard’s heroics.
The Everton and US keeper returned to Los Angeles to an excited mob of fans at LAX. He seemed happy to pose for photos and sign autographs, but one male fan decided to go too far and dive in for the hug. Just as at the World Cup, Howard denied the man access.
(H/T: NESN)