Apr 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT
Before we get to the Clint Dempsey news of the day, a bit of background on the source:
This story comes from the Sun. Where does this London-based publication rank on the scale of the reputable?
Well, if the most venerable of UK media outlets were high-end steakhouses, the Sun would be Jack in the Box. (No disrespect; love the Jack commercials and all. Great facial expressions on the big-headed boss.)
The newspaper has long been on the short side of honored journalism. Its current worried state is tied into Rupert Murdoch and his troubles, phone hacking and journalists being carted away by police and all. So, take the latest Dempsey dip for what you will.
The Sun says Italian club Roma is interested in the American goal scorer who has probably outgrown cozy Craven Cottage. The price quoted is about $10.5 million, escalating the previous (probably completely arbitrary) UK media guestimate of $10 million.
Dempsey in Serie A? Sure, why not? He’s got the physical presence and the edgy bite required for any chance of Serie A success. Roma fits the bill as a team that could possibly wander into Champions League soccer, although the Rome outfit is now holding onto the fifth Serie A spot and the Europa League berth attached. (Dempsey has been in Europa League competition before, with Fulham.)
It’s not inconceivable that Roma could make up four points on Lazio, climbing into a Champions League qualifier spot for the 2012-13 season. That might be important in the Texan’s looming decision, because if Dempsey is going to move his career and his family to the continent, it might not make sense to do so for a tournament (Europa League) that he’s already stamped on his soccer passport.
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Jul 23, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT
Beasley signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Dynamo and becomes the club’s third Designated Player.
Jul 23, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT
Sigurdsson, who scored seven goals during a loan spell with Swansea in 2011/12, returns at the Liberty after two seasons at Spurs.
Jul 23, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT
German boss reveals he will stay on as manager until at least 2016. Can you smell a dynasty?
Jul 23, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT
Substance over style: Barca sign towering defender from La Liga rivals Valencia.
Jul 23, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT
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Jul 23, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT
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