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Why Clint Dempsey is ill-fitted to drive new USMNT attack

Is it time to for Jurgen Klinsmann to remove Clint Dempsey from the USMNT's starting lineup?
Is it time to for Jurgen Klinsmann to remove Clint Dempsey from the USMNT's starting lineup?

A quick glance at Clint Dempsey's stat line from the U.S. men's national team's 2-0 loss to Colombia on Friday night would seem to indicate that he wasn't a problem. He tallied seven shots, including a header cleared off the line and a free kick that forced Colombian keeper David Ospina into an excellent diving save.

The team as a whole mustered only 12 shots, and Dempsey's free kick was the only one on target. How could Dempsey be a problem if he was, in effect, the only player who managed anything resembling attacking production?

Dempsey's performance Friday looks a lot different from a tactical perspective, however. While he was able to get his own shot with seeming ease, he did very little else in either an attacking or defending sense. Here's a look both inside and outside the numbers at Dempsey's performance against Colombia, and why a change is needed up top for the USMNT.

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