March 21, 2016

MIAMI (AP) Clint Dempsey is expected to play his first game with the U.S. since October when the national team plays a World Cup Qualifying match Friday in Guatemala.

The 33-year-old Dempsey was left off the USA roster for two qualifying matches in November. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann cited the need to look at younger players.

Now Dempsey is back, and the Americans could use his scoring touch. Dempsey has 48 goals while playing for Team USA, second in history behind the 57 scored by Landon Donovan.

Dempsey last played for the national team on Oct. 10 in the Confederations Cup loss to Mexico.

The match Friday is the first of home-and-home qualifiers. Guatemala will play the Americans on March 29 in Columbus, Ohio.


This story has been corrected to show that Dempsey played against Mexico in October.

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