Sep 2, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT
Clint Dempsey certainly isn’t the only one happy that his prolonged transfer drama reached a satisfactory conclusion.
U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann is ecstatic that Dempsey has landed at a bigger club – and just in time for the Texan to get into his national team’s camp ahead of two World Cup qualifiers.
Klinsmann would not rule out the possibility that Dempsey could start on Sept. 7 in Kingston against Jamaica, or on Sept. 11 (also against Jamaica) in Columbus, Ohio. That really would be something, considering the new Tottenham signing hasn’t stepped on the field in a competitive match since June.
What seems more likely is that Dempsey would come off the bench in the first contest as Klinsmann sets up slightly more defensively, and then perhaps makes a First XI appearance four nights later. Still…
“When he arrives we will evaluate him, sit down with him and discuss his state of mind, and obviously we will evaluate his fitness level, too,” Klinsmann said Sunday on a national media teleconference. The U.S. coach made it clear that all options are open.
“It really depends on where he’s at,” Klinsmann said. “We will see right away in the first couple of training session where he is at. So, depending on the data and what we see in those first two or three sessions, we are open to throwing him in right away.”
Injuries to Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley have already take two of the team’s top three midfielders or forwards off the board; that makes any contributions from Dempsey that much more important.
It’s hardly a state secret that Klinsmann has a special relationship with Tottenham, where he played in two separate spells. “We are happy this whole thing is finalized, that he got the move to an international club that is always competing for top four or six in the Premier League.”
May 19, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Sporting K.C. manager Peter Vermes and defender Ike Opera didn’t appreciate the pivotal offsides call that disallowed a possible winning goal against D.C. United, and they made that very obvious.
May 19, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT
Paolo Di Canio and Andre Villas-Boas took to the media following their teams’ Premier League finale to voice displeasure with how their final fixture played out.
May 19, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT
A dull, scoreless first half picked up in the second term as D.C. United grabbed a point against the league’s second-best team and ended their club-record losing streak at 7 matches.
May 19, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT
With his eye on the imminent vacancy at Real Madrid left by Jose Mourinho’s almost certain departure, Paris Saint-Germain’s mastermind Carlo Ancelotti may now have a large hurdle to get past if he is to land his ideal job in Spain’s capital.
May 19, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT
Fernando Torres broke his Premier League scoring drought by banging home the game-winner to secure Chelsea a third place finish.
May 19, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT
Heartbreak in Serie A this year belongs to Fiorentina. Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the 84th minute to draw level and two minutes later Philippe Mexes slotted home a cross to secure Europe’s top competition for AC Milan.
May 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Rare as they are, we’ve seen more than our share of “Olimpico” goals in MLS over the last pair of seasons, including one last night:
May 19, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT
With Arsenal and Tottenham the only teams battling for any meaningful positioning in the Premier League table, the final day still had implications for many teams in the form of placement prize money.
May 19, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
Sir Alex Ferguson managed the final match of his career away from Old Trafford, and it looked set to complete on a high note, until the opposition had other ideas late.
May 19, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Another game-winning strike from Gareth Bale wasn’t enough to save Tottenham from more Champions League heartache.
May 19, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
New York took all the points from the L.A. Galaxy on Tim Cahill’s late goal. So let’s talk about that goal.
May 19, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
This Landon Donovan debate regarding his place on the national team is not going anywhere. So, did Sunday’s performance move the needle either way?
May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
Arsenal secured its 16th consecutive spot on the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
May 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
Sensational news for fans around BMO Field:
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
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:
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