In honor of Clint Dempsey’s recent announcement of his retirement, here’s a post a wrote about him a while back.
When I was a kid, U.S. soccer was…well…kind of a joke. Alexi Lalas was an athletic Carrot Top and took a second job as an underwhelming rock musician. Cobi Jones was like the cute little alien from Space Jam version of Jermaine Jones (same number and everything). Still they were the stars I looked up to in ranks with Brian McBride, Kasey Keller, Eddie Pope, and Eric Wynalda. Through the years, however, U.S. soccer has improved tremendously and has finally started to earn the attention of the entire nation. Certainly, Clint Dempsey has had a part in that.
The 34-year-old from Texas is the second top scorer in the history of U.S. soccer, has captained both the national team and the Seattle Sounders FC, and continues to show up as a dependable workhorse striker. All this achievement and more without a single smile. He is the definition of hard-ass.
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