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Dempsey: 2014 a 'Good' Year for USA

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Sounders striker Clint Dempsey reflected that 2014 was a positive year for soccer in the U.S. -- even though the national team finished the year with a pair of losses. According to Dempsey, who was not called up for the USA’s final two internationals of the year, a positive Round of 16 finish in the World Cup in Brazil trumped all other results.

“I think 2014 was a good year for soccer in the U.S., because when a major competition is coming up, you want to step up and perform well and put the country behind you,” the former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur forward said.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann called some young players into the senior squad for the 2-1 loss to Colombia in London last Friday and the 4-1 defeat to Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday. Dempsey added that it is important for Klinsmann to blood younger players early, especially with the 2015 Gold Cup on the horizon, and the 2016 Copa America in the U.S. the following year.

“That’s what it’s about: It’s about the future, planning for not only the next World Cup, but the one after that,” Dempsey said. “It’s a process where you have to get guys confidence and get guys experience, and the only way they’re going to do that is getting games.”

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2 comments about "Dempsey: 2014 a 'Good' Year for USA ".
  1. Brent Crossland, November 19, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.

    "It’s about the future, planning for not only the next World Cup, but the one after that". Wait! Hold the presses! You mean we aren't supposed to be calling for the coach's head because we lost a couple of friendlies immediately after the World Cup?? ;-)

  2. Edgar Aldana, November 19, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

    If Pual Kennedy would have written this article you bet he'd be calling for JK's head right along with all LD fans that can't seem to get over him not being on The USMNT, they seemed to be the loudest. We suffer a few loses and people with little to no knowledge of the game start to whine like crazy. We as fans don't Always agree with player chooses or decisions made by a coach and just because we loose a few games doesn't amount to the firing of a coach who really hasn't done a bad job.

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