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Dempsey, Fulham 'Upbeat' About Relegation Situation

  • , Wednesday, February 27, 2008 4 PM
ESPN's Ravi Ubha speaks with Clint Dempsey about the worrying relegation situation at 19th place Fulham FC, which has been nicknamed "Team America" for the five Americans on its roster. Dempsey has been one of the better and more consistent performers at Craven Cottage this season, leading the team in scoring six goals.

Nevertheless, a look at the standings indicates that Fulham needs to start winning games if it wants to avoid the drop. "The reason you come to the England is to play in the Premiership," 24-year-old Dempsey says. "It's one of the best leagues in the world, and you want to be around that environment week in, week out. You can't really panic. All you can do is go out there and work as hard as you can."

Time is running out. With just 11 games remaining, Fulham is four points deep in the relegation zone with just three wins, 10 draws and 19 total points. Despite the bleak picture, Dempsey says the mood at Craven Cottage is "upbeat." He describes the team as "together, for the most part," especially his American teammates. "The big thing for me is having Brian [McBride] around because he's just a class act, a veteran, a good person, a great player. He's kind of a role model, a guy you look to emulate."

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