Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey will be featured on ESPN’s E:60 as part of a World Cup special. The episode will also have pieces on Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi, Brazilian legend Pele, and an investigative piece by Jeremy Schaap of the preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The hour-long show airs tonight (Tuesday, May 13) at 5 p.m.
Here is a extra from the Dempsey interview:
Here is some background from an ESPN news release.
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E:60 World Cup Special Premieres May 13 at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN
With less than a month until the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine devotes an entire show to some of the biggest names and best stories in the beautiful game. Features will include a rare interview with Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi, a profile of perhaps the greatest player of all-time Pelé as he travels across two continents, and the very personal backstory of US Men’s team captain Clint Dempsey. In addition, there will be an investigative pieceby Jeremy Schaap looking into preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Observers estimate that under current conditions, by 2022 over 4,000 workers will die in the effort to build Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure.
When the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil next month, the U.S. men face a difficult group draw and demanding travel schedule. Their underdog hopes rest largely on the feet and head of 31-year-old captain Clint Dempsey. But long odds are nothing new to Dempsey, who grew up in a trailer park in east Texas and was motivated at a young age by a family tragedy. His career has carried him from the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer to Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and back to the MLS with the Seattle Sounders. Along the way the right-footed midfielder scored 377 goals in 107 appearances and also played for the U.S. in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. E:60’s Jeremy Schaap tells the inspirational and determined story of Dempsey, who could become the first American to score in three straight World Cups.