Ahead of this summer's World Cup, ESPN will produce a five-part series on the U.S. Men's National Team titled"Inside: U.S. Soccer's March to Brazil". The series, which debuts in May, will air weekly on ESPN and will offer fans a look into the preparations leading up to this summer's tournament in Brazil.
Three months might be all that separate the U.S. Men's National Team from the World Cup, but there are still plenty oflingering questions that head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will try and get answers to in the final friendly before this summer's pre-World Cup camp.
The U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against Ukraine is just two days away, and we've seen some major roster turnover since the squad was announced last Thursday, meaning it has become that much tougher to figure out just who Klinsmann will start on Wednesday.
For the second time this year, we have been treated to some insight from Jurgen Klinsmann as to the problems facing US players who hope to move to a prestigious European league. According to Klinsmann, there was apparently no demand to bring US players on loan in the January transfer window, and American players lack some level of belief in themselves.
The road to Brazil has created a perfect storm for Major League Soccer. United States Men National Team hopefuls are scrambling back to the top-flight domestic league with the promise of a pay raise and guaranteed playing time. And MLS in the last year of a national TV deal; is desperate to piggyback off the projected ratings bump from the first World Cup in their time zone in 20 years.
Just about six months out from the World Cup, U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is keeping a close eye on how his squad is performing for their clubs.
In an interview with U.S. Soccer, Klinsmann discusses how Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones and Brek Shea are doing and says the next six months will be about evaluating his players from abroad before making "difficult decisions to leave somebody out.
Dempsey As USA Captain? A Failure. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Jurgen Klinsmann outsmarted himself.
Looking to take a good player – Clint Dempsey – and make him the face of his team, Klinsmann bargained away the captain's armband, and bet on that piece of cloth making Dempsey come out of his skin and lead.
Change has been abundant in Seattle this year. With a number of prominent first team members shipped out of Seattle Sounders, it facilitated the arrival of a number of new faces. The home of the Super Bowl champions, the city's soccer team is yet to feature in the show piece occasion of MLS. Regardless, they still had one of the biggest talking points last season when they acquired Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur.
American soccer is surely an effort on the rise! As attendance figures continue to increase and new expansion teams get discussed, it seems as though the MLS is generally on a strong course of improvement each and every year!
But yet there is still that nagging feeling of doubt that it will never truly be able to compete against the likes of the English Premier League or La Liga in Spain.
2014 is the year for Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley to make their biggest marks on the U.S. soccer world. It is hard to argue against this point. The two soccer stars have their chance to enhance the profile of MLS and lead the U.S. National Team to success at the World Cup.
Any time a major star of the MLS decides to go on a winter loan, eyebrows are raised all throughout the country. There is that uneasy feeling that perhaps American soccer is not good enough to satisfy the player, there is concern that perhaps the loan could morph into a permanent move, and then there is always that fear that the player could suffer a traumatic injury.
Clint Dempsey's selection as captain of the United States Men's National Team a year ago by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann was a head scratcher at the time. Having not displayed discernable leadership skills on the pitch, one had to assume the manager felt the need to either reward arguably his best player or that Dempsey possesses some inspirational quality in the dressing room.
USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey is pictured in a series of new images to promote the upcoming launch of the USA's World Cup home uniform, which will be unveiled by Nike next week.
In the promotional image, Dempsey is pictured in an action shot, wearing the new US Men's National Team World Cup kit — giving us a first glimpse at the shorts and socks the team will wear, as well as new close-up images of the jersey itself.
If you are a U.S. Men's National Team fan who had grown frustrated by Clint Dempsey's lack of minutes during his loan to Fulham, you probably wondered whether a coaching change might help the U.S. star get on the field.
The coaching change has happened, but it probably won't change things much for Dempsey.
Things at Fulham are surely not going as well as Clint Dempsey envisioned upon making his return, but he can more than redeem himself this weekend against a high-profile club whose struggles are well documented.
Don't look now, but Jozy Altidore and Sunderland are out of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats jumped into safety on Wednesday bypicking up a 1-0 victory at home over Stoke City, a result which gave Sunderland their sixth win in their last seven matches across all competitions (the match they lost was to Manchester United, but the Black Cats won the series on the ensuing penalty kicks).
Only five points currently separate Clint Dempsey and Fulham from Jozy Altidore and cellar dwellers Sunderland, but that will probably soon change.
Dempsey is set to make his Premiership return on Saturday a little more than five months after leaving to sign with MLS, and will do so against Altidore and the rest of the Black Cats in a match filled with relegation implications.
One of the things that always bothers me about how most US soccer journalists cover the sport is that they always seem to focus on the positives. If Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore or any other American scores a goal in Europe, you can guarantee there'll be an article and video of the goal, with the journalist or blogger practically high-fiving the accomplishment.
AT&T U-Verse customers trying to tune in to the 10am ET Premier League matches today via the Premier League Extra Time channels have been unable to watch the four games available — including Fulham against Sunderland where Clint Dempsey has made his 2014 Premier League debut.
We've reached out to NBC Sports and AT&T U-Verse to determine what the issue is, and whether it's temporary or permanent, but in the meantime, you can use NBC Sports Live Extra online or via the app to watch the four games that are being shown on Premier League Extra Time around the country (as well as Spurs-Palace on NBCSN).
Go back 12 months and the name Jordan Henderson was topping the list of expensive British flops that arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2011.Eyebrows were raised when the club paid £20million for his services in 2011 and a year later the 23 year old from Sunderland was on the verge of heading out of Anfield as part of a cash plus player deal for Clint Dempsey.