Clint Dempsey isn’t in L.A. for the U.S. camp, but he was here on Tuesday for MLS Media Day and talked about Seattle’s almost-assured acquisition of U.S. prospect Jordan Morris (who turned down Werder Bremen on Tuesday).
“He’s done well,” Dempsey said of Morris, who said he has been impressed with Morris’s energy, athleticism and work ethic whenever he has trained with him before.
How would Morris fit into Seattle’s potent attack, which already includes Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Nelson Valdéz?
“There’s always room for quality players in a team,” Dempsey said. “The trick as a manager is to figure out how to bring the best out of your team.”
Dempsey said he has exchanged text messages with U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann and stays in contact with him, but it’s true that Dempsey hasn’t been with the national team in November or this month.
“We’ll see what the future holds,” he said. “You have to ask him. He’s the coach. I show up and play,” he added with a smile.
Dempsey pointed out that he scored nine goals in 10 U.S. games last year and was satisfied with his numbers with Seattle, if not the team’s exit from the playoffs against Dallas.
But he wants to continue his national team career, and he has World Cup qualifying and the Copa América Centenario in his sights. On Copa América, he said: “It’d be cool if I get the opportunity. It’s a tournament I enjoyed watching growing up as a kid. When people ask me what club I supported growing up, I didn’t really watch club soccer. The only channels I got had World Cups and the Copa América, so I gravitated toward the Latin American, South American style of game. To play in a major tournament like that would be awesome if it’s meant to be.”