MLS Insider: The class, charisma and captaincy of Clint Dempsey

Art by Futbol Artist Network | Illus: Michael Marsicano | | @MMillo

In his first full season with the Seattle Sounders, Clint Dempsey is surging again – at just the right time. At 31 years old, he's on the verge of his third World Cup with the US national team, and this time – for the first time in his storied career – he'll lead the Americans onto the biggest stage wearing the captain's armband.

In the latest edition of the Emmy-nominated MLS Insider series, US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, three former US World Cup captains and two of Dempsey's former coaches describe the Texas native and the mantle of the captaincy.

Take a listen as former US captain and Dempsey's Fulham teammate Carlos Bocanegra, former New England head coach Steve Nicol, Sounders strike partner Obafemi Martins, all-time MLS great Steve Ralston and more discuss Dempsey's career and what's helped him become captain for both club and country.

For more on Dempsey’s career, check out this retrospective on And don’t forget to don’t forget to catch up on previous episodes of MLS Insider chronicling the 2013 MLS Cup, the new look of Graham Zusi’s humble rise to stardom, the historic soccer roots of New Jersey and much more.

Art by Futbol Artist Network | Illus: Michael Marsicano | @MMillo


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