(NEW YORK) — U.S. captain Clint Dempsey is looking forward to bringing home the World Cup this summer.
Dempsey, a midfielder and forward, is currently playing for Fullham in the Premier League and is on a two month loan coming off a calf injury.
“It’s going to be difficult the group that we’re in,” Dempsey told ABC Sports Radio on Thursday. “It’s also exciting; you want to be a part of that competition playing in the World Cup.”
“That’s what it’s about. So we have a difficult group but at the same time we have a lot quality in our team. We’re coming off one of our most successful years in the history of U.S. men’s national soccer,” Dempsey, who turns 31 next month, added.
The Americans have a tough road ahead at the World Cup. They’re scheduled to play Ghana, Portugal, and Germany. Still, Dempsey has faith in coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
“He’s a player that played at the highest level,” Dempsey said of Klinsmann. “Having that experience and being able to pass that down to us is pretty cool. I think it’s helped the growth and confidence of the U.S. men’s national team.”
The U.S. is scheduled to play an exhibition at Ukraine on March 5.
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