Aug 20, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT
Hard to say if we have some “walking back” going on here, or if we just never quite knew the truth about Clint Dempsey and the origins of his recently strained relationship with Fulham FC.
This is all quite murky; it’s impossible for anyone not in the Fulham front office to know the full story.
Dempsey has insinuated that a legitimate offer for a transfer into an elevated club was on the table. Probably from Liverpool, but who really knows?
Fulham manager Martin Jol has hinted otherwise. Well, actually, he has come right out and said so. Either way, Jol offered something of an olive branch to his 23-goal scorer of last year, Dempsey, who so desperately desires that transfer into a larger club.
Either way, Dempsey has refused to play. Myself and others have written that Dempsey is essentially “on strike.” Fans must have thought so; formerly beloved, Dempsey’s popularity around the Fulham grounds has taken a punch in the face. Toward the end of Saturday’s season opener, Craven Cottage echoed with chants of “Are you watching, Clint Dempsey?”
What Jol said over the weekend, following his team’s surprising 5-0 win to open English Premiership play:
To say he refused to play is probably a bit harsh, but he wanted to move and if you want to move, you don’t want to take risks so you don’t want to play in case you get an injury. So for me that was a very awkward situation and it was for him as well.”
As for the growing fan enmity? This is where Jol actually sought to protect his player — if we can still call him that.
I don’t want to hear the fans were chanting against him because he was a terrific player for us. He was the most productive midfield player in the whole league last season.”
Hopefully he will play for us again. There is one season to go, and no one has come in for him.”
England’s transfer window closes in seven days.
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
We keep saying that we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves on Jack McInerney’s sensational season around PPL Park – but it’s just so darned tempting. So here’s a little factoid to stick in your back pocket, carry around with you, maybe even drop it at your next cocktail party or meet-up…
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
May 18, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT
Highlights and context as “Jack Mac” scores his league-leading 8th goal:
May 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
Cascadia Cup matches are always interesting, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BC Place was full of talking points:
May 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
it was a big crowd pleaser on two fronts when the Whitecaps’ forward stroked an unstoppable free kick against Portland:
May 18, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
The young Timbers’ attacker is having an outstanding season for the Jeld-Wen Field bunch:
May 18, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
Higuain created the game’s only goal and was masterful in possession at BMO Field:
May 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
An appearance next week in Paris Saint-Germain’s final match 2012-13 season doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the retiring superstar:
May 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Video: Reports out of England say today was the former England captain’s final match, rather than next week as expected:
May 18, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Depth at United will allow David Moyes to hut big game this offseason.
May 18, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
David Beckham’s not dropping off your radar anytime soon.
May 18, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT
Before Monaco takes on Europe, they have to convince French soccer.
May 18, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT
Manchester City’s former boss reaches out to his supportive fan base – his first public comments since his Monday dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT
Mercifully, the season’s come to an end for the 17 clubs who tried to keep pace with Bayern Munich.
May 18, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT
Manchester United’s outgoing boss was amazed but not surprised at his rival’s dismissal.
May 18, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT
Relegation’s decided. So’s the title and two of the league’s Europa League spots. All that’s left? The battle for top four.
May 18, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT
Russian oligarchs, third-party ownership, tax havens, and €60 million moves. This one has everything.
May 18, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT
One of the Premier League’s one-club men says goodbye at Anfield.
May 17, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT
Wait a doggone minute! Didn’t Philadelphia and Chicago just play?
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