Clint Dempsey has his eyes on the prize.
The English Premier League star has been a mainstay with both Fullham and Tottenham Hotspur since 2007, but he’s coming back to the league that made him famous. MLS may not be the most competitive soccer league in the world, but it’s considered home for Dempsey and he made the right move by ditching the EPL for MLS.
However, Dempsey’s move to the Seatte Sounders shows more than just his homage to the MLS; instead, it proves his desire to win a World Cup in 2014.
To be frank: Dempsey wasn’t getting the playing time he wanted with the Spurs, which only decreased his odds to play for Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT during the 2014 World Cup. Klinsmann has made it clear to even Landon Donovan that the U.S World Cup team will be made up of players who are competing at a high level. With Seattle, Dempsey will be able to play frequent minutes and condition himself for the all-encompassing 2014 World Cup.
In addition, Dempsey should be a fan favorite across the MLS considering his Texas roots and blue-collar nature. Despite dazzling overseas, this 30-year old knows that the USMNT is more important than some EPL team.