Clint Dempsey Fulham Loan is Good for USMNT, Seattle Sounders

By Phil Naegely
Clint Dempsey
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After coming to MLS side Seattle Sounders last summer to the chagrin to USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann, Clint Dempsey is set to go on a two-month loan to Fulham. This loan agreement is a win-win for all teams Dempsey plays for.

To begin with, Dempsey’s EPL return will help Fulham as they try to avoid relegation. Currently, they sit in 19th place and have gone 1-5-0 in their last six games. For Fulham, Dempsey’s presence should lead to more goals scored and more points in the standings. So far this season, Fulham has gone 4-1-11, so this loan move is desperately needed for Fulham.

This loan move is good for the Seattle Sounders as well. In moving to the MLS, it took time for Dempsey to adjust and adapt as well as develop chemistry with his fellow Sounders. In 2014, Seattle will need Dempsey to step up and be a leader on the squad. His temporary loan to Fulham allows Dempsey to stay in soccer shape, work on his shooting and come back better than ever when the MLS season kicks off.

Lastly, Klinsmann will be pleased with this loan move. While Dempsey wasn’t the USMNT’s best player during qualification, he also wasn’t their worst. Furthermore, Dempsey should score many goals while across the pond. Dempsey’s potential goal scoring should help his confidence as USMNT prepares for the 2014 World Cup and Group G. If Jozy Altidore‘s high confidence in him is based on his goal scoring, Dempsey could be playing his best soccer in 2014.

At this time, it hard to predict exactly how Dempsey will produce and play while with Fulham. However, there is great potential for his success, and Fulham, USMNT and the Sounders are set to benefit from his short-term loan deal with Fulham.

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