40 responses

  1. slowleftarm
    April 14, 2014

    Starting to round into form at just the right time?

    • Philip Pirrip
      April 14, 2014

      This should be in the form of a statement, not a question.

      This is very much the right time, and he is very much in form.

  2. Gratuitous Stepovers
    April 14, 2014

    I’ve never heard of Clint Dempsey before, but wow this young man seems to have a lot of potential. Look out for this Dempsey guy, I expect big things.

    • Dave
      April 14, 2014

      Cap him.

    • KingGoogleyEye
      April 14, 2014

      Meh, he’ll have to prove himself in one of the top leagues in Europe first.

      • seaoctopus
        April 14, 2014

        Maybe some time in the Danish 2nd division.

  3. Brain Guy
    April 14, 2014

    Worrisome for my Red Bulls and the rest of MLS, but great, great news for the MNT. A confident and dangerous Dempsey can absolutely help to transform the Nats from unspectacular to dangerous.

    • slowleftarm
      April 14, 2014

      Shouldn’t affect RBNY. Our only game against them is in September and that game won’t matter much if we don’t start beating sorry teams like DC “worst team in MLS history” United and Chivas.

      • Nate Dollars
        April 14, 2014

        to be fair to nyrb, the dc “worst team in mls history” united was last year’s team. now we’re only one of the worst teams in the league. movin’ on up!

    • Quit whining about soccer in the US
      April 14, 2014

      Your RedBulls will be fine. Seattle will be playing in the playoffs where they won’t face teams with no wins.

  4. atleticodemadridfan
    April 14, 2014

    The Deuce is loose!

    • Lindells
      April 14, 2014

      And he’s riding on a moose!

    • BDWG
      April 14, 2014

      Chasing the caboose!

    • Tom
      April 14, 2014

      by Dr. Seuss

  5. Andrew
    April 14, 2014

    Can any Sounders fans confirm where on the field Dempsey has been playing? I remember his first few games with them last season he was in the hole, but I haven’t seen any of their games this season. He tends to do better as a forward or somewhere wide where he can float in undetected.

    If he’s doing all this in the 10 spot, that’d be fantastic since that’s where JK seems to want to play him.

    • sounders fan
      April 14, 2014

      Dempsey plays wherever he wants, but mostly withdrawn a bit behind Obafemi Martins, out wide on the left, shaded to the right, dropped deep to link up with Ozzie, with some late runs into the box, probing runs into the box, sometimes he looks for the assist, sometimes looks for the goal.

    • Bac
      April 14, 2014

      First game or two he started a little deeper, then after some subs he then moved up underneath Martens playing off him as a withdrawn forward.
      I didn’t see the game this weekend but I think he started there, like a 4-4-1-1
      And if I’m not mistaken, all his goals have come from there too.
      Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s where he’s been.

      • Big Red
        April 15, 2014

        I think he was a sub in the first game. This year he has sort of forcefully shifted back to his best position at Fulham. Schmid has been stubborn tryin to get him to play Schmid’s system. However when withdrawn and shading to the left in not quite a wing position is where he thrives. It also has helped with Gonzalo Pineda in the lineup. He has someone who can connect with the midfield. Brad Evans usually is in this position but he is hurt and is nowhere near the same class as Pineda. Dempsey may be in trouble if Pineda gets benched once Evans gets back.

      • Lucas
        April 15, 2014

        Good obs on Pineda

      • divers suck
        April 15, 2014

        I’m thinking a healthy Brad Evans would replace Naegle/Cooper on the right side midfield for some adult supervision of an incredibly fast but raw DeAndre Yedlin. Naegle and Cooper are both woeful at tracking back on D and Pineda is a much better playmaker in the middle than Evans….

    • KingGoogleyEye
      April 14, 2014

      Look here: link to mlssoccer.com

      Hover over Dempsey’s name and a heat map will pop up, showing where he spends most of his time. Click his name and any/all of the boxes on the righthand column and specific actions will show up. Compare him to others to get more of an idea.

      Bottom line: sounders fan and Bac are correct.

  6. Matt
    April 14, 2014

    This is all well and good but he hasnt done a thing for the US team lately. Even in the most recent cap he was extremely innefective. I have always, ALWAYS felt that even with tottenham he was playing better for his club than country. Right now i wouldnt even have him in the roster

    • quozzel
      April 14, 2014

      Well I guess we all have our opinions…

      • Gary Page
        April 14, 2014

        Yeah, even some misinformed ones.

      • Matt
        April 14, 2014

        Clearly you havent watched any one of his last 5 caps. Most of which he spent more time on the ground than on the ball. Hes Lazy, and had been all throughout qualifying.

      • Lindells
        April 14, 2014

        Spent time on the ground earning free kicks in dangerous places, I’d say.

      • Matt
        April 15, 2014

        aside from the last game where he went to the ground over 10 times and only earned 1 free kick?

    • slowleftarm
      April 14, 2014

      I think we can all agree that we’re glad Matt isn’t the USMNT coach.

      • Slowreno
        April 14, 2014

        Lol…This ^

    • Drew11
      April 14, 2014

      5 goals and a forced OG in 2 games is bit more more than “well and good”. LOL.

    • Chris
      April 14, 2014

      Well I’m glad you aren’t in charge of the USMNT.

  7. milbo
    April 14, 2014

    he takes what he wants

  8. LImey
    April 14, 2014

    Well done, hopefully the old Deuce is back. Good thing too, Deuce 2.0 was more like Deuce 0.5!

  9. KingGoogleyEye
    April 14, 2014

    “Critics of Dempsey will be hard-pressed to dismiss his stellar back-to-back performances.”

    Yes, but they will. They will.

    • Mason
      April 14, 2014

      Seriously. He had a rough stretch for both club(s) and country. He’s now doing well for club, and we’ll see if it translates to his work for the USA.

      • Chris
        April 14, 2014

        I think he will look really good during the send-off series.

      • KingGoogleyEye
        April 14, 2014

        I don’t know what to expect. JK tends to use friendlies to experiment—in which case the team will probably look shaky overall and no one will shine. Then again, these are a special kind of friendly, so maybe we will finally see JK’s A-team.

        If I had to bet though, I would go with JK still experimenting.

  10. FRANK
    April 14, 2014

    WHEN WILL HIS LOAN TO SEATTLE BE OVER AND HE GOES BACK TO FULHAM. HE HAS A PUB THERE

    • FRANK
      April 14, 2014

      I DID NOT MAKE THAT COMMENT ANOTHER FRANK MAED IT

  11. a
    April 14, 2014

    why’s he in MLS?

    clearly he’s too good. he should be starting for a club like SPURS

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