United States desire for “something special” from the World Cup, Spurs star Clint Dempsey
United States star forward Clint Dempsey is happy to be back in training following a fiasco with Fulham in the dying moments of the transfer window. Clint Dempsey decided upon a stand-off with Fulham to force them into accepting his transfer request.
The 29-year-old desired to leave Craven Cottage before the start of the season, but Fulham’s administration including manager Martin Jol searched for a way to keep the USA international at the club.
Clint Dempsey boycotted Fulham’s preseason training sessions and refused to don the club jersey when the season restarted. Clint Dempsey also refused to attend training session with his teammates.
Instead Clint Dempsey would spend a lot of time in private training sessions. Eventually, Fulham caved in and the veteran was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur.
After the whole signing process, Clint Dempsey immediately joined his compatriots to play in the World Cup qualifiers. Clint Dempsey believes his team can do well in the qualifiers. Clint Dempsey got a double-header against Jamaica recently.
“I've been training with a trainer, but it's good for me to get back in playing with team-mates,” Clint Dempsey said whilst talking about United States training sessions to www.ussoccer.com.
United States and Jamaica are currently on top of Group A with four points each from two games. However, Jamaica is on top of United States because of a superior goal difference. The two teams play against each other next week in Ohio.
“You could look at it as a play-off fixture in the sense that there is a home and an away leg,” Clint Dempsey said in reference to the two games with Jamaica.
“We just need to make sure we get the points because they're vital and we need to make sure we put ourselves in the driver's seat so that we qualify for the next round.
“Everybody wants to be part of a World Cup and for some of these guys it'll be their last chance to do that.
“I think everybody here wants to do something special and playing in a World Cup is certainly that.”