USA Training in Fort Lauderdale
USA Training in Fort Lauderdale
Marco Pappa chipped in a lovely goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, but it was teammate Clint Dempsey’s cheeky set-up that was the real highlight on the play.
Backheel assists are special enough, but Deuce’s was extra special. A Zidane Turn - Backheel pass hybrid. Brilliant stuff.
Every four years, the interest in the Beautiful Game grows exponentially across our great country for the World Cup. This summer, more Americans than ever before gathered at public viewing parties or skipped work to cheer on the red, white and blue in Brazil.
So you would think that our national team’s key stars would have gained a bit more celebrity status in the process.
Clint Dempsey - only our national team captain who sent the entire country in a frenzy after scoring on the USA’s VERY FIRST PLAY of the World Cup - walked about New York City the other day for ESPN and asked passers-by what they thought of the national team, and, more specifically, about captain Clint Dempsey. The results will make you want to cry:
Really, guy #2?! You felt like the captain of the team should’ve been on the team? That doesn’t even make sense!
Best Saddest part of the video: Clint telling him his name at the end and he still can’t put two and two together.
Image provided by Getty.
(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?
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)
Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday night, and as expected, was a little bit hungry after the match ended. Where could the Seattle Sounders striker find himself some food?
— Teresa Predmore (@TeresaPredmore)August 11, 2014
Aha! The small child sitting field-side with the giant bucket of popcorn. Surely he’d want to share with the USA star, right?
Well, there had to be something for the little kid to get in return for his precious popcorn. Clint gratefully obliged:
So Dempsey gets a stomach full of popcorn, and the little boy gets a sweaty, game-worn (and absolutely priceless) jersey. Seems like a fair trade.
But for real Clint, you’re the man.
(H/T SB Nation)
Xander Bailey had his Make-A-Wish dream come true in a big way on Saturday — and on his birthday, no less. The 19-year-old from West Virginia has been dealing with cystic fibrosis since he was a baby while also playing soccer for most of his life.
His dream? Meet his favorite soccer player, Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey.
His reality? Not only did Xander meet Dempsey, but he signed a contract with the Sounders, trained with the team and even spoke with the media. The Sounders pulled out all the stops.
— Ricardo López Ayala (@rickyfarue)July 19, 2014
But it didn’t stop there. As Seattle geared up for a pre-season friendly against Tottenham Hotspur, Xander was named to their active roster and started against the English club.
00 - Lovely start as Xander Bailey kicks-off with Clint Dempsey, goes through and fires a shot at Brad Friedel.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial)July 19, 2014
Hey, Brad Friedel, maybe give the kid a break and let that one slip through?
Even the fans got involved, creating a banner for their club’s newest signing.
— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3)July 19, 2014
One of the Xander Bailey signs at the game. pic.twitter.com/WeLDBmNrWs— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite)July 19, 2014
What an unbelievable few days for Xander and his family. Bravo, Seattle. Bravo.
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.
Photos courtesy of EA Sports
NBA star Rip Hamilton is on a mission to Brazil.
His goal is to convince Clint Dempsey to wear the plastic face mask to protect his broken nose.
He even posted a picture with a call out to Dempsey:
"On my way to Brazil to watch @clint_dempsey and Team USA at World Cup . @clint_dempsey if u need to borrow my mask I’m bringing them in my carry on bag.#MaskChangedMyCareer #TeamUSA #WorldCup#BrandJordan #BrazilPack #HugeFanOfSoccer #holdat”
Hamilton started wearing a mask in 2002 and turned it into a fashion accessory; he continued to wear one throughout his career.
Maybe Dempsey, who has so far avoided the plastic shield, would be more inclined if it got the hockey goalie mask treatment?
(h/t SB Nation)
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The fine folks over at Eurosport did some digging and came up with some of the best old-school Panini sticker cards of stars at the World Cup. Without further ado, here are some of our favorite before-and-after looks:
Look at that! Even the dashing Cristiano Ronaldo went through an awkward phase. It looks like the sunshine of Madrid has treated the Portuguese quite nicely over the years. Not only did he pick up a tan, he also picked up another earring!The 2006 edition of Clint Dempsey would fit right in where the 2014 edition plies his footballing trade professionally: Seattle, a.k.a. the grunge capital of the world.
Look at little Lionel Messi. Eight years of tirelessly running around melted that baby fat from 2006 right off.