You’ve heard the rumors about Clint Dempsey.
He’s old. Washed up.
Nah. Dead those.
Clint Dempsey still got the juice.
His performance against Costa Rica in the Copa America was a statement: I run this shit.
A goal and two assists is leadership incarnate.
The old guard is dead and gone but Clint Dempsey (and Jermaine Jones) is still kickin’.
Watch him put Jermaine Jones in position to score this heater:
Up 2-0, Dempsey gives Bobby Wood an opportunity to make a play and the young boy delivers:
That’s the kind of veteran leadership the United States needs as the next generation of up-and-comers matures into the foundation of the team.
The next game, against Paraguay, who was the difference maker?
Who set the tone for the United States in the quarterfinal against Ecuador?
In the consolation game against Colombia, who provided the USA’s most dangerous opportunity?
John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Johnson, Christian Pulisic, and Bobby Wood need someone like Clint Dempsey around. He won’t stand for any fuckery. Won’t allow the boys to be bitchmade.
Dempsey is battle hardened.
He did the overseas thing.
He been had played in the World Cup.
He’s learned the shit you can only learn by doing it.
His role now his twofold: he has to set the tone on the field by playing well and he has to sprinkle his OG knowledge for these young whippersnappers to soak up.
He can’t do the second one without doing the first.
He can still be a “do as I do” guy; Jürgen Klinsmann can only be a “do as I say” guy.
Klinsmann will need Dempsey in Russia in 2018.
The boys need to be motivated.
Michael Bradley doesn’t have the same fire that Dempsey has. He can’t harness the power of the dark side like Dempsey can.
Use your anger, Clint. Show ’em what it means to go out there and compete, because the United States will only go as far as you take them.