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Captain4Life
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Wednesday January 29, 2014 11:10pm

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He's been playing like an old man for the past few months. What gives? Did he hit the wall from a physical stand point? Is he going to regain his fitness any time soon?

I'm hoping he has enough left in the tank for the WC but his physical decline has been troubling.

Hope he gets his speed back soon.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/28...

dunlopp9987
Post #2
Wednesday January 29, 2014 11:15pm

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Original post from Captain4Life

He's been playing like an old man for the past few months. What gives? Did he hit the wall from a physical stand point? Is he going to regain his fitness any time soon?

I'm hoping he has enough left in the tank for the WC but his physical decline has been troubling.

Hope he gets his speed back soon.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/28...


Agreed, however, from everything I read about Fulham's loss yesterday to Swansea, he was very lively and seemed to be the fulcrum of their attack. I think/hope his stint with Fulham will kickstart him into the MLS season.
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Post #3
Thursday January 30, 2014 12:41am

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I thought Clint looked better yesterday. You can see his fitness getting back to normal. He will be back to his very best by June. I thought he was one of Fulhams better players yesterday.

MSantoine
Post #4
Thursday January 30, 2014 2:58am

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Original post from Captain4Life

He's been playing like an old man for the past few months. What gives? Did he hit the wall from a physical stand point? Is he going to regain his fitness any time soon?

I'm hoping he has enough left in the tank for the WC but his physical decline has been troubling.

Hope he gets his speed back soon.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/28...


Not saying this is the case with Dempsey but as lots of people on here have been trying to say. Soccer is a young mans game. Unlike the big 4 American sports, 28-31 isn't your peak in soccer. Players retire from international soccer in their early 30s for a reason.

SoccerGod
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Post #5
Thursday January 30, 2014 4:38am

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Original post from MSantoine

Not saying this is the case with Dempsey but as lots of people on here have been trying to say. Soccer is a young mans game. Unlike the big 4 American sports, 28-31 isn't your peak in soccer. Players retire from international soccer in their early 30s for a reason.


Actually everything I've ever read from professinal players and coaches consider those years to be your peak years. It's pretty unanimous in fact. It's also been backed up by science as well.
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Post #6
Thursday January 30, 2014 6:10am

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Dempsey is great tired of people posting posts for several crap, OK LETS DO THIS.
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thisguy2
Inland empire
Post #7
Thursday January 30, 2014 6:24am

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Only certain players can reach their thirties and still play competively, not all players can continue to play at their thirties in a good league. Now a days the majority of players are between the ages. 21-29 pushing 30.

Dempsey is declining in form, he's hit his peak already. We will not see the same Dempsey as we usually do, his performance will be average or a little below come the World Cup. But I do hope I am wrong, because we will need all the talent we can get.
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Eric_MLSfan
Post #8
Thursday January 30, 2014 6:48am

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Original post from SoccerGod

Actually everything I've ever read from professinal players and coaches consider those years to be your peak years. It's pretty unanimous in fact. It's also been backed up by science as well.


I think the science behind that is due to the fact that as they get older they can't quite do the things they used to take for granted, and therefore are forced to play a lot smarter and less enthusiastically... ;-)

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #9
Thursday January 30, 2014 8:46am

Joined May 2013
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We haven't seen him truly fit for a long while, so we need to see if he can get his step back before getting too crazy. My two biggest fears are he might be losing a little speed. So much of his game is predicated on getting separation off his dribble to create. He really can't afford to lose a step, because he was never really that fast. His game won't age gracefully. The other thing is he potentially might not recover as fast from nagging little tweaks and strains..having to play through those things will round off some speed...

richieJkulesaNY
Post #10
Thursday January 30, 2014 1:31pm

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Original post from Eric_MLSfan

I think the science behind that is due to the fact that as they get older they can't quite do the things they used to take for granted, and therefore are forced to play a lot smarter and less enthusiastically... ;-)


see Ryan Giggs

Eric_MLSfan
Post #11
Thursday January 30, 2014 2:32pm

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

see Ryan Giggs


The "exception" ... LOL

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #12
Thursday January 30, 2014 3:00pm

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While Giggs is a model for longevity, he's hardly the pacey winger he was for most of his career...

with the crazy advances science is making in the area of sports, particularly in more effective training/recovery methods, within the next decade or two I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing players routinely extending their prime years well into their 30s.

snipes87
Cleveland, Ohio
Post #13
Thursday January 30, 2014 4:59pm

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Demps is toast. He hasn't been in form since the end of last PL and it isn't coming back, IMO
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richieJkulesaNY
Post #14
Thursday January 30, 2014 5:25pm

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Original post from Eric_MLSfan

The "exception" ... LOL


I think he's a great example of a player that has slowed down in the latter stages of his career, but is still productive in "smarter, less enthusiastic" ways

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #15
Thursday January 30, 2014 5:30pm

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He's only just 30, right? Still plenty of time to get his groove back and could still be in contention for making the 2018 WC squad. If I were him though, I'd probably insist on captaining the GC squad and then retiring after that.

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