Post #1
Saturday July 18, 2015 12:53am

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Has Dempsey become and and even better overall player as he gets older?
Correct me if im wrong but yea dempsey has been a clinical finisher for most of of his career and had the odd skill moves. But it seems like he does all that now but at a higher level. Playing for Seattle he drops down sometimes to create play for other team makes. Again maybe i didnt notice because all the attention was on Donovan but ever since his MLS move i feel he is a better USMNT player when healthy.

Post #2
Saturday July 18, 2015 2:06am

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Oh you mean like how the older wine is, the better it gets?

Jokes aside, I think you're exaggerating a bit...I wouldn't say he's better, but he still has it. But it's not like he was an amazing athlete to begin with, I could see him continuing well into this decade.

I think the problem with Dempsey is that he didn't really fit well into Coach Bob's system. We eventually settled on that bucket 4-4-2 but it was so rigid with such poor off-the-ball movement that really the only thing for the wingers to do was sprint up and down the flanks. They were ridiculously isolated. And it didn't help that MB90 was always so all over the place, or that we could never really put together more than two passes. It worked well for Donovan because of what he could do on the counter (and Altidore and Davies were a good pairing for this as well) but Dempsey was basically stranded on an island there on the right wing and was too tired from playing for Fulham to mindlessly run up and down the line in vain.

I think in general though that there is something about Dempsey's game that does not lend itself well to the USNT. I think Bedoya is a very similar player. If you put them around other talented players, or at least the right ones, they can thrive. But neither one has the skill or the guile to be a #10 or really carry an attack on their own. As opposed to being protagonists, they're more reactive types of players, if that makes sense. They need a lot of support from their teammates. And Brad Davis and Graham Zusi just aren't up to the task.
Post #3
Saturday July 18, 2015 2:27am

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Dempsey is a sneaky good athlete. There have been times when he puts on a burst of speed and you're like: where did that come from. Dempsey gets quicker the closer he is with the ball. Ever hear the term football fast or football pad fast? Meaning some players are quicker when playing on the field compared to doing just sprints.

Post #4
Saturday July 18, 2015 5:11am

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I think he has a future as a super sub. He was gliding in the Panama game. Once he came on at HT the team was more cohesive.

Post #5
Saturday July 18, 2015 8:13am

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I would say Landon Donovan > Kryptonite.

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