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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Clint Dempsey Intro

Gutsy 27-year-old midfielder Clint Dempsey is one of Team USA’s best players.  Growing up in the humble Texas town of Nacogdoches, Dempsey began his soccer odyssey traveling 6 hours round trip to play for a club team in Dallas.

But due to low family funds and the need to spread what little wealth they had, Clint’s parents put some resources into older sister Jennifer’s burgeoning tennis career.  But less than a year later, Jennifer died of a brain aneurysm.  Clint, a skilled freestyle hip hop/rap singer (stage name Deuce), was approached to make a video for Nike during the 2006 World Cup.  The video, called Don't Tread, became one of Nike’s biggest promo campaigns during the ’06 Cup.  He asked that local Texan musicians be used and that they film in his home town.  At the end of the video, Dempsey places a flower on his sister’s gravestone.  With his sister as one of his guiding inspirations, Dempsey continued his soccer journey and flourished.

Dempsey would star for the Furman University Paladins before garnering MLS Rookie of the Year honors with the NE Revolution.  Dempsey now plays for Fulham in the English Premier League and has become a vital cog for the national team.  Regarding his tough guy approach to the game – he once played for several weeks with a broken jaw and recently scored a crucial goal for Fulham against Italian giant Juventus in his first game back following a knee injury.

E:60 is on its way to London to interview & shoot Clint, some teammates, and possibly his parents - who are visiting while we are there...

Submitted by Dave Salerno

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