Aug 4, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; MLS All Star forward Clint Dempsey addresses the media during a press conference in advance of the 2014 MLS All Star Game at The Nines Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Clint Dempsey Wants To Stay With U.S.

Sounders and USMNT captain Clint Dempsey says that he wants to play for the stars and stripes at least through 2016 Copa America.

Currently at 31, Clint Dempsey has been weighing his thoughts on staying with the United States men’s team, hanging on a leading effort in the World Cup with two goals in four matches, and a superb effort in Seattle this season.

So what is the next step for him?

In interviews in the days leading up to the MLS All-Star Game, Dempsey has finally gone out and said what his hopes and plans are.

He wants to play, at least until the 100th anniversary Copa America cup is over with. The tournament, which makes it stop right here in the United States, will take place right around when the forward is 33. Which may be the only problem.

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann did it before, and he will do it again. The case being his desire to develop his growing crop of young talent, in an effort to continue his successes from this past tournament, and with four years to prepare, he will do all he can.

That means cutting into the fat of his first team, Dempsey included.

It is refreshing to hear that while he will be entering his lower thirties, he wants to do so in style and is committed to it.

But he knows the road is long, and it can get rough.

With Klinsmann’s current plan in action, that means that Dempsey has a long two years to maintain his current form, or else he will also be doing ESPN commentary while he watches from a box.

For right now, it’s all eyes on Wednesday as MLS All-Stars take the field against the FC Bayern Munich in a face off that is surely to garner a lot of attention.

What do you think about Dempsey’s comments? Is the 31-year old able to maintain his level of play enough to make it to 2016?

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