MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Having been shut out by a watered-down French team on Friday night, US soccer fans are beginning to wonder when and where the goals will come from under the reign of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
After six games, the German born coach has only recorded a win and a draw, while his marksmen have mustered only a pair of goals.
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey however remains optimistic about the team.
"We've got to keep creating chances," the Texan told YA after the game. "We would have liked to have created more chances tonight [against France] but yeah, we'd like to score more goals. That's what we need to do, me included, and hopefully we can do much better in the next game."
Primarily taking on the winger position for his club team where he has scored thrice thus far this season along with collecting three assists, Dempsey has found himself typically being played in the role of striker by Klinsmann when he dons the Red, White and Blue.
"I feel comfortable playing forward," the owner of a dozen Premiership goals from last season insisted. "I've played that role when I was at the Revs. At times I've played that role with Fulham but the majority of the time I play outside left mid."
"I feel comfortable in the middle," he continues, "I like being involved [in the play] as much as possible."
His talents and accomplishments for both club and country haven't gone unnoticed by other Premiership teams, and during recent transfer windows he was linked with a possible move away from Craven Cottage.
"I have this season and one more year [left on my contract]," he explains of general his outlook on any potential or rumored moves. "After that, I don't know. I have to wait to see what the future holds."
One particular team that was rumored to be hot on Dempsey's heels was cross town London rivals Arsenal.
"They're a big club and they play Champions League. I've always expressed that it would be a dream of mine to play [in the] Champions League. But right now I'm with Fulham and I'm going to try my best for them."
While willing to move, the 28-year-old has nothing but praise for his current employers.
"I have some of my best memories in football playing for Fulham," he concludes, "so I'm grateful for everything that they've done for me."