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SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Clint Dempsey made sure to demonstrate each and every weapon in his arsenal en route to his first international hat-trick.

The U.S. Men’s National Team forward provided goals with his head, with his feet and from the spot, leading the way to a 6-0 U.S. victory while earning SBI USMNT Man of the Match.

Dempsey got his game started early, heading in a cross from Timmy Chandler in just the fourth minute. Waiting 60 minutes for another chance, Dempsey secured a double by besting Diosvelis Guerra from the spot, chipping the ball right down the middle to befuddle the Cuban goalkeeper. To round off a spectacular performance, Dempsey sealed his hat-trick with a sliding finish in the 78th minute, signaling a dominant effort from both the forward and the USMNT.

Overall, Dempsey’s viciousness in attack epitomized what was a commanding USMNT performance, as the forward beat out Michael Bradley, Aron Johannsson and Omar Gonzalez for Saturday’s honors.

What did you think of Dempsey’s performance? Which player stood out to you in Saturday’s game?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. I am having a hard time seeing Alvarado as the top choice in central defense. His defending is top notch; too bad his passing requires his defending to be called on almost immediately. On many occasions, Alvardos passes go directly to an opponent, are put into a 50/50 space or pull or defensive players out of shape. Gonzo and Brooks should be paired together for the next (hopefully) two matches.

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  2. I try to avoid insults, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Your post has to be the stupidest I’ve seen today. And JJ? You mean ;Jermaine Jones who isn’t even on the roster?

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  3. I just don’t see falling boy as MoM, all is handed to him. I much rather see JJ recognized because he actually hustles and does not try to fall when the wind changes direction.

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  4. I was at the game. I am a Bradley fan but he did not have his typical good game. I counted so many times he either gave a poor pass or lost the ball. Reminded me of some of his play at the World Cup last year.

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    • Bradley seems to want to be on the field every minute and Klinsmann obliges him. I think as he wears down, his mistakes increase. That happens with everyone, actually. The more tired you get, the less effective. I think MB played every minute in the WC and is on a pace to play every minute in the Gold Cup. Klinsmann should give him some rest.

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      • All the remaining games will be in hot humid horrible conditions just like Baltimore.

        The starting 11 is not expected to get through a tournament like this with everyone being 100%.

        It’s up to Mikey to figure out how to get through them and still win. That’s why he is the Captain. He is supposed to set an example. He’s not supposed to be 100%. He’s supposed to show them how to win regardless of how he is physically, assuming he can play at all.

    • imo, that’s because he was again pushed forward in the role he was pushed forward into at the World Cup. this is an old discussion….

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  5. Is it just me or is Bradley getting sloppier with his passing each game. More back and side passes from him than I’ve seen in a while.

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