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April 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Clint Dempsey: ‘Confidence plays an important role in the team’s chemistry.’

Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey spoke with reporters briefly following Thursday’s practice. Here is a quick transcript:

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(On the disappointing results at home…) “We’re undefeated away from home. That’s good. You’d like to be doing a better job at home. The last home game we had was a little bit tricky in terms of there was some confusion on one of the plays toward the end, but it’s a long season and you can always try to figure those things out. But we’re feeling good, we’re in a good rhythm and we’re showing character in the games we’ve been playing as of late. So it’s about continuing that going forward but also doing a better job maybe keeping a clean sheet.”

(On bringing the road momentum back home…) “I think it comes from your recent games, and we’re on a good run of form and that will carry us forward. We’re feeling confident. We’re feeling good and sharp. We’re ready for the game.”

(On much easier is everything when you’re winning…) “It’s always good to get in a rhythm. Confidence plays an important role in the team’s chemistry and how we feel moving forward. We’re in a good rhythm, we have confidence in the team and it’s about continuing in that fashion, trying to get better each game. I think we are moving in the right direction. Maybe we can do a better job of defensively being more compact and limiting the goals we’ve conceded. Besides the penalty last game, I think we did a good job of that.”

(On getting Brad Evans back…) “I think it’s important that all the players are fit and fighting for spots. It makes for more competition and pushes the team to be that much better, because everyone has to be on point in terms of making sure they’re trying to be in that starting eleven. Competition only makes your team stronger, and having that is important because it’s a long season.”

(On if he has any Open Cup memories…) “Well, I don’t really remember much. I only played in maybe two or three Open Cup games. I know that Seattle has done well in that competition and you want to do well in every competition that you’re a part of. So we’ll be looking to go as far in the Open Cup as possible.”

(On if he pays attention to the form of other USMNT players ahead of the World Cup…) “I think you kind of just focus on yourself and your team and what y’all are doing. You have a lot of things to worry about, as it is. I personally don’t really pay much attention to that. You just focus on your game, making sure that you’re working hard, putting in the extra effort to make sure you’re playing in and have put yourself in a position to get called into that camp. When you’re in that camp, there is going to be a lot of hard work still ahead of us, so I just focus on that.”

(On what he knows about Colorado…) “I haven’t had the opportunity to watch too many of their games this season, but we’re going to look at the tapes. We know they’re an athletic team, a team that beat us pretty decisively at their place, and that’s something we’ll be looking to make sure that we don’t let happen again. The last time we played them we were able to get better than them in terms of advancing in the playoffs. We need to make sure we’re prepared for them, because they do have quality going forward.”

(On if anything changes in the attack due to their athletic back line…) “No, we don’t change how we play. We link up, we create opportunities and we’ve got a good understanding of where we are on the field. We figure out on the field how we break teams down depending on how the game is going, so it doesn’t change how we approach the game.”

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