World Cup 2014

World Cup: Clint Dempsey a late scratch from USMNT-Azerbaijan with groin soreness, Chris Wondolowski in

Clint Dempsey gives a thumbs up to USMNT fans

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SAN FRANCISCO – US men's national team captain Clint Dempsey was a late scratch from the team's starting lineup against Azerbaijan on Tuesday night with groin soreness.

A US Soccer spokesperson said the injury was picked up during warmups for the match and his removal from the lineup was a precautionary measure.

Dempsey was replaced in the lineup by forward Chris Wondolowski and Tim Howard took the captain's armband.