The United States World Cup national team enters the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with limited experience up front. Clint Dempsey, a midfielder will be expected to jump up and support the scoring effort. Dempsey is more comfortable in the midfield but with injuries to key players heading into World Cup play, Dempsey will be the man counted on to take up the slack.
Dempsey shows he can score under pressure against Turkey.
The United States gave a glimpse of how their strategy with Dempsey may play out in the World Cup in their friendly with Turkey just two weeks prior to their World Cup tilt with England June 12 in round one. Landon Donovan first fed forward Jozy Altidore to score the first goal to tie Turkey. Later, Donovan passed to Dempsey who knocked in the game winner to beat Turkey 2-1 at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dempsey’s performance can ignite the United States as he did last year in South Africa.
Clint Dempsey will be the wild card for the United States team. With Jozy Altidore as the only forward with much international experience on this team, the Turkey match may be an indicator as to how coach Bob Bradley plans to attack, once World Cup competition opens up against England on June 12.
Dempsey does have 17 goals for the Untied States in International competition and scored the key goal, a diving header, to defeat Egypt in the Confederation Cup last year in South Africa. Dempsey also scored in the win against Spain to get the United States to the finals where they lost to Brazil.
Dempsey will be playing in second World Cup.
Dempsey played in his first World Cup competition in Germany 2006. Although the United States was a disappointment in the 2006 World Cup, Dempsey did score the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Ghana. Although the United States did not make it out of the first round last World Cup, Dempsey at least got a taste of the action.
Dempsey gains more experience playing overseas for Fulham.
Clint Dempsey left the New England Revolution to play in England for the soccer club Fulham. While playing for Fulham the past three years, Dempsey has become known as a clutch goal scorer and has risen to the occasion time after time in critical situations. Dempsey’s performance under fire will be huge for the United States especially in their first round match up with England.
Final summary for Dempsey’s impact on the United States chances to advance in World Cup.
Dempsey will be the motor for the United States in the 2010 World Cup and Landon Donovan will be the ignition. It will take both of these players working in concert to make an impact in the 2010 World Cup. If Dempsey scores three goals or more in this World Cup, it will translate into the United States making it into the second round. That translates into a lot of pressure on Dempsey but he can handle it.
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