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richieJkulesaNY
Post #16
Thursday January 30, 2014 5:40pm

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Yeah, turning 31 in March. He'll be fine come June. Dont know why people are so worried or even given up on him at this point. He walked right into the starting lineup at Craven Cottage. I guess Fulham hasnt been reading the message boards.

rainORshine
Post #17
Thursday January 30, 2014 5:50pm

Joined Dec 2012
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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

Yeah, turning 31 in March. He'll be fine come June. Dont know why people are so worried or even given up on him at this point. He walked right into the starting lineup at Craven Cottage. I guess Fulham hasnt been reading the message boards.


you do realize fulham is awful? 2 points behind mighty sunderland; worst GD in league (-28)

im not worried though... i prefer LD in that withdrawn forward role anyway

richieJkulesaNY
Post #18
Thursday January 30, 2014 6:01pm

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Original post from rainORshine

you do realize fulham is awful? 2 points behind mighty sunderland; worst GD in league (-28)

im not worried though... i prefer LD in that withdrawn forward role anyway


Yeah i know that Fulham is bad, but I just thinks its rather telling that they wanted Dempsey, AND threw him right into the starting lineup. And its not his former coach at Fulham, Martin Jol, that brought him here, but SAFs former right hand man, Muelensteen that did. So its not like he was playing the familiar card. No other American was even sniffed at.

Im not too worried either, Dempsey will be a standout at Seattle this year.

Captain4Life
Post #19
Thursday January 30, 2014 11:36pm

Joined Jan 2014
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I think this will be Clint's last World Cup.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #20
Thursday January 30, 2014 11:46pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from Captain4Life

I think this will be Clint's last World Cup.


We'll have no use of a 34-35 year old Deuce in 2018, but that's not to say that he's going to retire from the club side...If I were him, immediately following this WC i'd start looking into getting my coaching badges.

Eric_MLSfan
Post #21
Friday January 31, 2014 9:13am

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 24
Original post from richieJkulesaNY

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


Both thumbs up for that with a grace filled 'amen'

Eric_MLSfan
Post #22
Friday January 31, 2014 9:17am

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 24
Original post from recycledhumans

We'll have no use of a 34-35 year old Deuce in 2018, but that's not to say that he's going to retire from the club side...If I were him, immediately following this WC i'd start looking into getting my coaching badges.


Before I answer, have to acknowledge the uniqueness of your username.

Anyways, IMO, and it's just a gut feeling in which I have no other reference, I see Clint somehow being involved in the youth development, not so much on a coaching level but as a skills teacher. Just my two cent input.

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #23
Friday January 31, 2014 2:31pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from Eric_MLSfan

Before I answer, have to acknowledge the uniqueness of your username.


Had it since about 16, stuck with me.

Anyways, IMO, and it's just a gut feeling in which I have no other reference, I see Clint somehow being involved in the youth development, not so much on a coaching level but as a skills teacher. Just my two cent input.


Interesting thought, is there anything in particular that makes you think he's more suited for that than managing? I could see where you'd be right, but having a player with his experience behind the helm of a MLS club in 2020 would be awesome.

unitedfc6
Post #24
Friday January 31, 2014 4:36pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 75
Lewis Holtby has been loaned to Fulham from Tottenham for the rest of the season. Interested to see how this effects dempsey

Eric_MLSfan
Post #25
Friday January 31, 2014 5:23pm

Joined Jan 2014
Total Posts: 24
Original post from recycledhumans

Had it since about 16, stuck with me.

Interesting thought, is there anything in particular that makes you think he's more suited for that than managing? I could see where you'd be right, but having a player with his experience behind the helm of a MLS club in 2020 would be awesome.


I understand where you are coming from that it would be great to see him managing an MLS team in 2020 with his experience. But I just don't see it and I don't know him at all to make that statement. It's just one of those feelings. (It might have come from a combination of his interviews that I've seen that makes me think that way).

With the youth however, he would have such a pull and impact. Could you imagine youth soccer camps lead by Dempsey and how many it would draw and inspire?

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #26
Friday January 31, 2014 6:32pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 947
Original post from Eric_MLSfan

I understand where you are coming from that it would be great to see him managing an MLS team in 2020 with his experience. But I just don't see it and I don't know him at all to make that statement. It's just one of those feelings. (It might have come from a combination of his interviews that I've seen that makes me think that way).

With the youth however, he would have such a pull and impact. Could you imagine youth soccer camps lead by Dempsey and how many it would draw and inspire?


Depends on how old they are, really...and why I think getting his certs sooner than later is a good thing. The players that would be pulled toward him solely on name recognition would generally be on the higher end of the youth/academy age groups.

We need more elite development between 14-18 and I just don't know how we're going to be able to do it aside from raising the level of all levels of youth soccer.

Tiger
Post #27
Friday February 7, 2014 1:07am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 71
Clint's recent play suggests he may just be a bit burned out or stale. Perhaps mentally and/or physically. Hopefully he will build back to peak form and be back in his groove right on time for the WC.

It is often a very fine line between training to peak condition, and over training.

All athletes go through peaks and valleys, ebbs and flows.

Each is a unique individual, and what works for one, may not for another.

Landon took a lot of heat, most, if not all unjustified, when he wisely chose the timing of his sabbatical. He knew he needed it, after doing about thirteen plus years of non stop club and country work. By all appearances he has come back refreshed and recharged, if not somewhat rewired.

Clint's USMNT history shows that he usually has his game face on and comes through in the clutch when the stakes are highest, as does Landon too most often.

He may or may not have reached the physical peak of his career, but he is almost certainly still in his prime. Some people talk as though reaching thirty years of age makes one an "old geezer". They have no idea what they are talking about. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are plenty of examples of many world class players playing well and effectively into their mid thirties, and even beyond.

Clint's quest for CL opportunities was undoubtedly very disappointing and likely left him feeling somewhat dismayed and unmoored.

He just has to refocus on what solid opportunities are still presently available for him at both club and international level.

I believe he will as the saying goes "Come right" come June, if not before. The main thing now in terms of individuals as well as the USMNT as a whole is to be absolutely peaking right on time come June.

Tiger
Post #28
Friday February 7, 2014 2:06am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 71
PS:

JK's engendering and embracing a culture of personal support, encouragement, and mentoring for individual players across and within the potential national squad strengthens each individual player.

They are each then that much more optimally prepared and capable when he challenges them in an overall environment of maximum competitiveness within and across the potential squad.

If nothing else, Clint is an ultimate competitor. His competitive drive will ultimately fuel him up and spur him on for the WC run.

TheTruth
Post #29
Friday February 7, 2014 5:42am

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 89
OK, is it just me or is there all of the sudden a spurt of weird posts on this site? What's with the Dr. Phil?

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #30
Friday February 7, 2014 4:18pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 308
Read this yesterday. Not saying I agree or don't agree. Just thought it was interesting. Thought I'd share. http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/...

not sure if the link is working. Google how tim cahill explains clint dempseys possible raise in 2014 if interested in the read.
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