The World Cup draw has been getting much of the attention Friday, but U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey also addressed a potential offseason loan in a TV interview with ESPN after the draw.
Dempsey has been linked to a handful of English Premier League teams in the past few weeks following his first season with Sounders FC.
Asked for an update on a possible loan from host Bob Ley, Dempsey said on the ESPN2 broadcast: “We’re still waiting to see what’s going to happen, but we should know what’s going on in the next week.”
Dempsey has a stipulation in his contract with the Sounders that allows for a one-time loan, and that was intended for this offseason as World Cup preparation. General manager Adrian Hanauer told me last month the team wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up happening.
“His agent and he are kind of keeping me in the loop, and we’re sort of working on that,” Hanauer said on Nov. 11.
Ley, on the ESPN2 broadcast, had a follow-up about what a potential loan would offer. Here was the response from Dempsey: “For me, it’s just about getting games and trying to get to that high level, bringing that back to the States if I get that opportunity to go on loan, and making sure I’m playing the best I can play going into this World Cup.”
Dempsey reiterated those exact thoughts in a separate ESPN interview later on Friday during a SportsCenter cut-in.