Clint Dempsey is set to don the captain's armband for the USA in Brazil, leading the Americans in their attempt to get out of the Group of Death and make a run through the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Dempsey, now 31, made a name for himself in England as a standout for Fulham, then spent one season at Tottenham before making a shock return to MLS, joining the Seattle Sounders last summer. After struggling with his form upon his return, Dempsey kicked off the 2014 campaign on fire, and his eight goals are second most in MLS. He'll look to carry that form into U.S. national team camp and then into Brazil, where a tough task awaits.
MLS and KICK TV profiled Dempsey through the eyes of some of his teammates and coaches, both past and present, who offer unique perspective and views on what makes Dempsey tick, what makes him such a special talent and what makes him stand out above all other players in the U.S. player pool.
Watch the video below, as the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Nicol, Obafemi Martins, Osvaldo Alonso, Tony Meola, Steve Ralston and others share their inside takes on the U.S. men's national team star: