Miami, Florida — Just months away from the historic CONCACAF Copa America Centenario, Clint Dempsey and the USMNT train in Miami in hopes of defeating Guatemala and moving one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Dempsey talked about his experience in international play, “You really don’t know what things are going to be like until you’re actually there and experience it for yourself. It’s a passionate crowd, wanting their team to do well and sometimes dealing with difficult conditions, dealing with travel, that’s part of qualifying for the World Cup. That’s why it’s so difficult, but it’s also so rewarding when you’re able to qualify for a World Cup. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a difficult game, but that’s part of the experience I think.”
About wearing the new U.S. soccer crest in the matches against Guatemala Dempsey said, “It’s an honor to put on the crest and represent your country. You want to do it in the right way. It’s exciting to be a part of wearing the new badge, but at the same time you have to represent, you have to do it justice.”
The USMNT plays Guatemala on March 25th at 10 PM EDT.
Content courtesy of US Soccer. Pictures by John Dorton.