March 20, 2013
Dempsey selected to captain U.S. in 2 WCQs
Clint Dempsey has been selected to captain the U.S. National Team in its World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
|Clint Dempsey will wear the U.S. captain's armband against Costa Rica and Mexico.
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U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made the announcement on Wednesday, two days prior to Friday's match against the Costa Ricans in Commerce City, Colo. (ESPN, 10 p.m.). The U.S. plays at Mexico on Tuesday.
“Clint is one of our most experienced players and ready to assume a more vocal leadership role,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “He has been huge for us in World Cup Qualifying so far and is already one of our key leaders. We know he will do a great job for these two important games.”
Dempsey has earned 92 caps. A three-time U.S. Soccer male athlete of the year, Dempsey leads all U.S. scorers with six goals in this World Cup qualifying cycle. He has scored 11 goals overall in 27 career qualifiers, good for second on the USA’s all-time list.
Dempsey wore the armband once, taking over the role in the second half of the U.S.'s 0-0 draw against Colombia on Oct. 12, 2010, in Chester, Pa.