U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann addressed a few federation issues recently, and one topic that came up was Clint Dempsey’s big performance in Portland.
Here is what Klinsmann said, courtesy of U.S. Soccer:
“What we love from Clint is always when he scores goals, because that’s what a striker is all about. You want to see the ball in the net. Now doing that three times against Portland was really fun to watch. I think he could’ve added a fourth one and win the game even for them.
“But it is just a logical process that he went through. He came from injuries at the end of the year, and then we went over to England with Fulham — not fit yet. He saw there is a big difference still to catch up with. He caught up step by step, but then that loan was over when he actually got into good shape. Then he came here, and then the suspension happens (laughs). …
“I saw this coming. It saw it coming that eventually now he will start scoring, because he’s getting sharper, he’s getting his aggressiveness back in his game and he’s losing his (defenders). This is what Clint needs. Hopefully now in the next couple weeks he’ll get one more of these possibilities to confirm that — scoring goals — and come with big shoulders then into the preparation for the World Cup.”