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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

Soccer: Gold Cup-USA vs Honduras

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By AARON CRANFORD

Before the start of the 2015 Gold Cup, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wanted Clint Dempsey to focus on what he has done for years: score goals.

And in the U.S.’s opening group play match against Honduras, he did just that.

In front of 22,357 in Frisco, Texas, Dempsey led the way with a brace en route to a 2-1 win over Honduras, which earned him recognition as SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

The Texas native tallied the first of the evening in the 25th minute after a Jozy Altidore shot deflected right into the path and head of Dempsey. And in the 64th minute, the U.S. forward soared high above everyone near the six-yard box to head a perfect free kick from Michael Bradley into the back of the net.

Dempsey is now within 14 goals of the all-time USMNT record after netting his 42nd and 43rd goal of his international career.

What did you think of Dempsey’s performance? Which player stood out the most to you in the USMNT’s 2-1 win vs. Honduras?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Guzan is my MOTM. He was solid all night, much more decisive than he was against Guat. Came up with some bigtime saves on breakaways that saved our bacon. Was called on very early to make a tough save, and had he not I think we lose that game.

    If I had to pick an outfield player, it is Brooks.

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  2. Dempsey deserves it. The only reason he didn’t appear to do more during the game was that he was our most fouled player. It wasn’t until late in the game that the first Honduran player received a yellow, and that was after that player had fouled Dempsey 5 or 6 times.

    I’m surprised at the praise for Brooks here. I thought he was a step behind the entire game. Yes, he was a beast on defending crosses and set pieces, but at 6’5″ I would expect nothing less. For balls on the ground, though, his poor positioning and decision making helped lead to too many chances and forced too many last ditch tackles by our defenders.

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  3. I’d be ok with that. But it’s the nature of the beast. You score both goals in a 2-1 match you’re MOTM. The objective is to score more than your opponent. But I agree, I’d be ok if Brooks got MOTM. He should get his props and for a CB that’s what usually matters. The big thing is I’m excited about seeing this dude on our back line for years to come.

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    • +1, MOTM here could have been a coin flip, with the added importance of being close to home and where he infamously drove 3 hours every day to practice, gotta give it to Deuce. lol

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  4. I know he scored two goals, but at the end of the day, those were two great moments for Dempsey among long stretches of being invisible. In terms of impact on the game, for me, the MOTM is John Brooks. Honduras had the ball in the US half a lot, and JAB seemed to get on the end of every cross they sent into the box, and clear them decisively. He was solid, noticeable, and made crucial plays for the entire 90 minutes. So its Brooks, IMHO.

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    • Brooks is getting hammered by ESPN and NBC on their ratings but I thought he was pretty solid and cleaned up a few messes. Alvarado was terrible and may have costs us the game. Chandler was subbed off but I wonder if part of that had to do with the heat and exhaustion.

      Dempsey will get the props for the MOTM and rightfully so with two goals on set pieces but yes he does leave a bit desired during the run of play. But give credit to Honduras for trying to keep Jozy, Clint, and Mikey quiet and to frustrate them.

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