Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Soccer: Clint Dempsey ready to go as U.S. breaks Stanford camp
Soccer » Americans prepare to face Turkey.
First Published May 29 2014 11:14 pm • Last Updated May 29 2014 11:14 pm

Stanford, Calif. • U.S. captain Clint Dempsey’s sore left groin has improved, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann plans to start him in the Americans’ second World Cup warm-up this weekend against Turkey.

The 23 players geared up for their final workout at Stanford on Thursday, a quick session in the pool, before leaving the Bay Area to fly east. Klinsmann said Dempsey was still slightly limited in his movements by design during Wednesday’s training, avoiding any sideways cuts or runs to avoid re-aggravating the groin. But the coach said Dempsey "definitely" will start Sunday at Red Bull Arena,

At a glance

U.S. vs. Turkey

At Harrison, N.J.

Sunday, noon

TV » ESPN2

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"A lot of work yesterday. We kind of made sure he’s not going sideways. That was kind of bothering him and worrying him a little bit," Klinsmann said. "He’s all good. Today they have an easy regen day, travel day. So by tomorrow full speed in training. Everything is good."

Dempsey was a late scratch before kickoff of Tuesday night’s 2-0 exhibition victory against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park. The conditions were challenging, too, with strong winds throughout the match. He had been set to start up top with Jozy Altidore in a 4-4-2 formation.

"If something gets worse now the first 30 minutes or whatever, then you know what, there’s no reason why we should risk now anything," Klinsmann said. "It was not really risk, but it was a lot of work they put in here the last 21/2 weeks, so we just decided there on the field, c’mon, it’s good (OK to sit him). But he’s ready to go."

One week after Klinsmann announced his roster — one without American career scoring leader Landon Donovan — the Americans were set to travel east Thursday for their weekend exhibition in Harrison, New Jersey. They face Nigeria in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 7, then head to Brazil the following day for their seventh straight World Cup appearance and first-round matches against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

"I feel it’s really going to sink in when we get down to Brazil," midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. It still almost hasn’t totally sunk in that this is the team. But it’s getting closer."

The U.S. opener is June 16 against Ghana — which has eliminated the U.S. the past two World Cups.

"It’s been amazing, it really has," Beckerman said. "It’s been everything you could possibly want or need for a World Cup preparation. It’s been perfect weather, Stanford laid out the red carpet and let us use every part of their facility with their students, which was fun to interact with them. All in all, it’s been great."

Klinsmann is thrilled with the choice to hold his training camp on Stanford’s campus. He said he will miss the environment and California sunshine.


story continues below
story continues below

"Totally," Klinsmann said. "This is an amazing experience. Ask the players. For me as a coach, I think I’ve never had a better setup than this. I understand European teams coming over here, like Juventus here during preseason, two training fields, the locker room they kind of decorated for us. Going to eat lunch with the students, it’s all top quality. The climate in California, you can’t beat. It’s been terrific, top, top so far."



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.