Tuesday Kickoff: Liverpool makes push for Dempsey, Clasico dates set and more

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Liverpool may not be competing in the UEFA Champions League next season, but that's not stopping the Reds from emerging as a reported suitor for U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey.

Multiple reports from England claim that Liverpool is set for a transfer capture of Dempsey in the £7.5 million range that would facilitate his exit from Fulham. Should Dempsey move to Merseyside, he would not get the Champions League soccer for which he has openly expressed his desire, but he would play again in the UEFA Europa League, through Liverpool's Carling Cup triumph.

The reports come after new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed the club would be making its first signing of the offseason imminently saying, "The reality is we have only made three or four enquiries about players and hopefully can close out one deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club, one the supporters will absolutely love."

Speculation was thrown into super speed Monday night, when images circulating the Internet of a Dempsey player profile page on Liverpool's website made the rounds, but those have been said to be fake and manufactured.

Here are a few more stories to get your day going:

CLASICO DATES SET

If you've been dying to know when the season's Barcelona-Real Madrid matches will be taking place, the wait is over. 

La Liga released its fixture schedule for the 2012-2013 season on Tuesday. Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet on October 7 at Camp Nou in their first league meeting of the season, and Real Madrid will host the second bout on March 3. Madrid and Barcelona will open the season against Valencia and Real Sociedad, respectively.

The two regular-season Clasicos are in addition to the two-legged Spanish Supercopa that the bitter rivals will play at the end of August, meaning at least four matchups are in the cards this season and more are possible depending on how the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey play out.

ABOUTRIKA MAKES EGYPT OLYMPIC SQUAD, PRAISES BRADLEY

Egyptian veteran Mohamed Aboutrika has been a central figure in helping patch together soccer in the country following the tragedy at Port Said in February, and he'll get the chance to shine on the international stage once again with the Egyptian Olympic team. 

The 33-year-old Aboutrika is one of Egypt's three overage players selected by Olympic coach Hany Ramzy, but before he goes to London to play for Ramzy, he had high praise for Bob Bradley, who came under scrutiny for Egypt's surprise elimination in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

"The political circumstances in Egypt definitely affected the national team’s displays. Bradley should be credited for the work he has done so far and for the fact that he did not abandon the team in such a difficult phase," Aboutrika told FIFA.com. "He is working in exceptional circumstances, and I believe he should remain in charge of the national team."

RANGERS CHALLENGE PLAYERS' TRANSFER STATUS

Five Rangers players have already found new homes with the club not being admitted back to the Scottish Premier League, but those transfers are being challenged by Rangers, who say those players are in breach of their contracts.

Steven Naismith (Everton), Steve Davis (Southampton), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City), Kyle Lafferty (Sion) and Jamie Ness (Stoke City) are all having their moves challenged despite being advised by the Scottish players' union to elect to not carry over their contracts to Rangers when the club moved to a new company, thus making them free agents. 

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Would you want to see Dempsey wind up at Liverpool? Who wins La Liga this year, Barcelona, Real Madrid, or a team from the rest of the field? What do you make of Aboutrika's comments? Think Rangers have any grounds to block the transfers of their players?

Share your thoughts below.

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116 Responses to Tuesday Kickoff: Liverpool makes push for Dempsey, Clasico dates set and more

  1. James says:

    Its not the CL, but its still a high profile team that should get him on ESPN slightly more often than the previous number of 0 times a week.

  2. William the Terror says:

    re: Dempsey to Livercesspool. Simply put – NO!

  3. Ed says:

    Why not?

  4. micronesian justin says:

    Geoff Cameron to Stoke City per Sky Sports.

  5. Tim says:

    Hey Ives – what are you hearing from your sources? Do you think there’s any veracity to the Liverpool/Dempsey rumors?

  6. roysterer says:

    If Dempsey really wants to play in the Champions League, he should just wait a year and go to Arsenal because who knows when Liverpool will get it together. If he wants more money (and who doesn’t?), going to Liverpool will get him some.

  7. Mike in Missouri says:

    Not sure Arsenal will be there, and if RVP leaves by next year at the end of his contract (if not before) they won’t last long anyway.

  8. Spectra says:

    How come we haven’t heard anything about micheal Bradley to Roma. Others are saying they’re just ironing out specifics at this point

  9. DavidKamerun says:

    Don’t like it. It’s a lateral move at best. Clint would be better off with the Cottagers and cementing his legend or holding out for a club with more upside.

    Frankly, the Reds lost me when their fans started burning American flags.

  10. elgringorico says:

    yeah, i think people just assume it’s a done deal at this point

  11. elgringorico says:

    Didn’t know about the American flags thing, but Liverpool has a better chance of making Champs league and as someone else noted they def. are a bigger club and Dempsey will have more fans because of it. Liverpool is a legendary international club with fans all around the world. They also have deeper pockets and can make bigger moves to make the team better (aside from Dempsey). I may be the minority who worries that if he doesn’t pull the trigger now and move to a bigger club, he may never have the opportunity. I can’t seem him replicating the madness of last season.

  12. roysterer says:

    People always predict doom and gloom for Arsenal, but it never seems to happen.

    Dempsey probably could get signed by a number of Champions League contenders next year (when it would be a free transfer). But, Arsenal seems like the one with the ideal mix of consistent performance and probable playing time.

  13. THomas says:

    It’s not enough of an upgrade given the current state of Liverpool. He’s gambling on them making the Champions League, which is quite a long shot after their last few campaigns. He’s already been in a Europa League final. I also don’t think he’s going to move from London if it’s not for a sure fire Champions League contender.

  14. Eugene says:

    I don’t know how Dempsey going to Liverpool helps, the club is not playing in the Champions League and is really off its peak of yesteryear. Yeah, it’s a big club with lots of supporters, but so are a bunch of other clubs. Perhaps with van Persie coming out of Arsenal, CD can slot into there and play his CL football.

    Otherwise, it would be better to see him transfer to one of the CL playing clubs in Italy.

  15. THomas says:

    Is a potential Dempsey transfer only worth $11.5 million because of his age? I’d think it would be more if he were 4-5 years younger. Just wondering…

  16. DavidKamerun says:

    Oddly, even young, promising Americans don’t command much on the int’l transfer market. It is what it is, man.

  17. Vic says:

    If he were 4-5 years younger I think the transfer amount would be 25-30 million. He was the 4th leading scorer in the EPL. Andy Carroll cost 50 million and he never scored as many goals as Dempsey.

  18. DavidKamerun says:

    I see your point and it’s not a bad one, but I’m just as unsure that Liverpool is going to reclaim its glory anytime soon. The last thing I want is for Clint to decline on the bench of a has-been ancien power. I’d prefer he carry on with Fulham.

    I actually wish he could have gone to PSG. A strong CL team in a good league where he could contribute at a high level for another 4-5 yrs easily.

  19. Illmatic74 says:

    I think Arsenal’s interest ended once they signed Podolski. When it comes to Italian teams in the CL I doubt Milan and Juve are interested and Udinese like to buy young and cheap so I doubt they will go for him.

  20. DavidKamerun says:

    Don’t mean to be cynical, but Carroll is a young Englishman who was billed as the next best thing. For Clint’s accomplishments, he doesn’t get nearly the praise or consideration he’s worth. The fact that he’s in his late 20s is more an excuse. Let’s face it — Americans just have a harder path out there.

  21. Illmatic74 says:

    Also, he has one year left on his contract which lowers the price.

  22. Tim T says:

    If all Fulham is going to get is 7.5mil transfer fee then they should think about keeping Clint until january and see what happens then.

  23. DavidKamerun says:

    Wasn’t there interest from Malaga and Schalke at some point? Not that I’d be crazy about either of them, either.

  24. 20 says:

    agreed with everything Thomas

  25. Span16 says:

    Re: Bradley from Gazzetta d. Sport

    10.01 — Michael Bradley sarà oggi un giocatore della Roma, l’annuncio nelle prossime ore. Per lui un quadriennale da 800mila euro a stagione

    Bradley will likely be a Roma player today, announcement in the next few hours. Four year contract worth 800,000 euro per year.

    No transfer fee mentioned other than to say that part of the deal involves co-ownership of another player(stoian).

    This was posted at 10 am Italian time…it is currently about 4:20

  26. Tim says:

    Check out no short corners for updates on that one. It seems the hold up has been that the players to be sent from Roma to Chievo were dragging their feet.

  27. DavidKamerun says:

    Let me get this straight — Andy Carroll is going on loan from Liverpool to AC Milan, and Clint is going to Liverpool from Fulham?

    Can we sent Clint to AC Milan instead?

  28. elgringorico says:

    Let’s face it: this might be the best he can do. Arsenal doesn’t want him.

  29. Matt C in Tampa says:

    Given Clint’s production and consistancy, 7.5 seems low to me. Think it should be more in the 10 mil range…If he were English, the numbers would exceed 10 mil. Just the way it is.

  30. Illmatic74 says:

    I doubt Milan are seriously considering Caroll. I think someone from Milan’s board praised Caroll and the media as usual blew it out of proportion.

  31. Illmatic74 says:

    He is also 29 and has only a year left on his contract. Van Persie isn’t English but, Juventus only bid 8 million for Van Persie. He is a similar age and also has a year left on his contract.

  32. slowleftarm says:

    Dempsey to Liverpool? I thought he was going to go to a big club.

  33. Illmatic74 says:

    I don’t really follow those two clubs so I have no idea. But, there is rumors that Dempsey has some offers from abroad so maybe it is them.

  34. roysterer says:

    Arsenal doesn’t want to pay for him…

  35. Madaoua05 says:

    I don’t understand why this board is convinced that Clint will only be looking at Champions League qualifiers from the Premier League? There are many other teams in other countries that could use his skill sets, and are automatically into the group stages – Schalke, PSG, Ajax, Benfica.

    I think our desires to watch him on the weekends clouds our perspective on where he might transfer to.

  36. Colin says:

    The Guardian (albeit in their somewhat-tongue-in-cheek Transfer Rumors section) is actually reporting a bid as high as 17m pounds as a possibility. It could be a typo, and I think they get most of the stuff in that column from other newspapers.

  37. Old School says:

    Liverpool are a scumbag club with scumbag supporters.

  38. Illmatic74 says:

    Maybe PSG and Schalke will make bids for him but, Ajax and Benfica definitely aren’t options. Both teams tend to buy young players they could develop then sell to richer clubs for a profit.

  39. micronesian justin says:

    its 11.5 million US dollars..7.5 million euros.

  40. DavidKamerun says:

    I’d really be happy with a PSG move. Schalke and Malaga, not as much.

  41. Micronesian Justin says:

    Wait…closer to 10 million usd

  42. roysterer says:

    I think quality of the league is probably a consideration too. I seriously doubt that he’d play in Holland or Portugal just so he could get in some Champions League games. Also, it’s unlikely Ajax or Benfica would want to pay him enough (even if they didn’t have to pay a transfer fee).

  43. Don Pelayo says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I cannot think of a worse PL club for him to go to — except maybe Stoke City.

    Clint should stay at Fulham. Bottom line.

    COYW

  44. Adam M. says:

    Dempsey is at his peak marketability right now. If he doesn’t leave Fulham now, next year he will be a year older and perhaps won’t be coming off a similar season. Liverpool is a far more prestigious club, with greater visibility and a huge fan base. Plus, their general style of play and needs match what Dempsey can bring. If Man City hadn’t shaken up the league (and if Liverpool hadn’t slipped a bit recently), everyone would be over the moon thrilled at the prospect of an American field player getting lots of minutes for on of the truly great English clubs. We still should be.

  45. Matt C in Tampa says:

    I understand the euro/dollar thing. i was using Euro numbers. Still too low.

    As someone else mentioned, part of me would rather see stay at the Cottage and cement his legendary status there. Get a pub named after him…or a statue next to the last great American there….Michael Jackson.

    And 8 mill for RVP is way too low…which is why he won’t be going to Juve for that amount.

  46. roysterer says:

    Well, personally, as a USMNT fan I want him to stay at Fulham where he will start every match without question. If he has to leave, Liverpool is not a bad destination because he’ll probably play a lot there as long as his performance doesn’t dip too dramatically.

    Although, as an Everton fan, I obviously don’t want him at Liverpool.

  47. FulhamDC says:

    Dempsey was never going to Arsenal. Wenger would never buy a player as old as Dempsey, I’m pretty sure the oldest player he’s ever signed was 27, Dempsey is 29. He’s not a big enough name for the glory hunting owners at Chelsea and Man City, so they’re out, and Man U is still big enough to get most anyone they want. So if he wants to stay in England, his only real options are clubs that will fight for a Champion’s League spot beyond those 4, and that really only leaves Spurs and Liverpool (if they spend a fortune). I agree with some others here that he could go to clubs in other countries, many named already, and I would add Porto to that list, especially if Hulk moves this summer. My bigger concern is that Jol’s youth movement at Fulham is in full swing, and I beleive that if they lose Dembele as well, as rumored, it will be a very long season at the cottage.

  48. Mig22 says:

    Clint won’t get a statue, he doesn’t get on as well with the local children as Michael did.

    ….yeah, I went there.

  49. Annelid Gustator says:

    Hey, not bad for MB90, if those terms are right. I read a 3.5M euro fee plus halfsies on another player, plus a loan from another player.

  50. roysterer says:

    Wenger signed Mikel Arteta last year when he was 29. I’m not saying he’ll sign Dempsey, but I think it’s more about money than age.

  51. Annelid Gustator says:

    I thought that within the BPL there are also requirements on number of English players–so they would get a premium, beyond marketability (and actual ability).

  52. Annelid Gustator says:

    He did also say at one time that he hoped not to leave England.

  53. redmad says:

    only has 12 months remaining on his contract, so he can buy his copntract out (bosman)

  54. Todd says:

    Not sure I like a move to Liverpool…maybe they make it to Champions league next year but that is big maybe. There is no way they will contend for the EPL title…but having said this it is still a better chance then Fulham.

    Maybe if he does well he would get more endorsement deals? Isn’t Liverpool doing some sort or reality show/documentary, “Never Walk Alone”. Maybe Dempsey will get more exposure and make it evident that American’s can play this game!!!”

    In the end it is too bad that he won’t get his wish to play for a Champions league team.

  55. soccerroo says:

    How can Rangers have anything to say. This is a new company not the one the players signed contracts with. That is why the SPL was able to vote them out of the league.

  56. Matt C in Tampa says:

    nice…yes you did go there, didn’t you.

  57. William the Terror says:

    Yes, this was the basis of my original comment. Anyone who wants a “rational” reason need look no further than the post made by Thomas.

  58. GeoffieTheKid says:

    If this Dempsey to Liverpool for 7.5 million is for real… then that’s disappointing. The money isn’t right, first of all. And last season, they placed exactly one spot ahead of us in the table. So much for Dempsey’s ambition. Also, for that money, there must not be any other bids for him around the league. That’s a pittance, in my opinion.

  59. Nick says:

    Am I the only one excited to see the damage he’ll do with the way higher class of support he’ll have at Liverpool. I mean how many suarez”s and Gerrard’s does Fulham have?

  60. Mig22 says:

    I truly don’t want Dempsey to start every game or play 45-50 a year. At his age, I’d LOVE to see him a 2/3 starting role at a power club. Save those legs and prolong his best fitness through 2014 at least.

    Regards,
    A selfish USMNT fan

  61. fischy says:

    Well…

    I guess we’re expecting Barca and Real Madrid to duel it out for the Spanish title next year?

    Makes me appreciate Major League Baseball, where the Yankees and Red Sox get some competition every third or fourth year in the AL East, and get whupped in the playoffs ever other year.

  62. DavidKamerun says:

    The higher class of support that burns US flags? link to msn.foxsports.com

  63. Nick says:

    Additionally, if Demosey can have a reasonable amount of success at a club like this, it will probably open the door for bigger teams (like Liverpool, and Roma) taking more of what they consider to be “risks” on American players which will only benefit the USMNT. Great move for Dempsey, great move for USMNT, great move for America!

  64. kevdflb says:

    EPL
    E

  65. Nick says:

    Was referring to player support. Obviously there’s a lot of ignorance in European soccer when it comes to the supporters but from a soccer standpoint alone i dont think you can really deny this is a step up

  66. Stump says:

    As another Everton fan – Amen!!!

  67. kevdflb says:

    Didn’t quite finish there….
    E for English but any requirements are for domestically produced talent include youth players who play at academies, and anyone from the “Home Nations” of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and (interestingly since they’ve been separate for 90 years now) the Republic of Ireland.

  68. kevdflb says:

    As a third Everton fan, if he’s going to move to Merseyside he should at least move to the club that finished higher up in the table.

  69. kevdflb says:

    Suarez has shown himself to be pretty ignorant on a personal level, too……

  70. Nick says:

    True, but I think you get my point

  71. Ben says:

    Liverpool was great thirty years ago. Since then, they have had a couple of runs in Europe and that is it. If the choice is between multiple years at Liverpool or playing out one more at Fulham and going on a free, he has to think about doing the latter.

  72. DC Josh says:

    This would be a bad move for Dempsey. Liverpool finished 7th last season. He has a better chance at Champions League football & regular playing time with Arsenal or Man U, although neither want him.

  73. rondo says:

    1) Liverpool would be a step down from Fulham
    2) The reason the transfer is lower than people’s expectations is because Clint only has 1 year left on his contract. If he had over two years, he’s command more, although with his age, it wouldn’t be too much higher.

    I’d rather Clint stayed put till at least the winter transfer window. He won’t be cup tied and if any team wants him for the CL knockout rounds he would be readily available.

  74. kevdflb says:

    Yes. Yes I did.
    But you can’t expect me to NOT make fun of Suarez can you?

  75. wides says:

    Of the large clubs in England, I think he fits the best with Liverpool. Probably his best shot at CL football in England. A player like Dempsey is just what Liverpool could’ve used last year with their troubles scoring.

    Man U, Chelsea, and Man City aren’t going to pay for him or play him. Arsenal won’t pay that much for someone who isn’t 18 or French.

  76. Adam says:

    Right, and I’m sure all the fans of the team you support act like Mother Teresa. Get over it. American owners severely handicapped Liverpool to the point where they almost entered administration so I can forgive a couple of drunk scousers making a bad decision.

  77. biff says:

    Great 30 years ago and since then only a couple of runs? Wrong. Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 and was runner-up in 2007 and won Europa League in 2001. Liverpool would not be my first choice for Dempsey, but nonetheless would be a great destination for Dempsey and if that is what he chooses I, for one, will be thrilled.

  78. away goals says:

    So liverpool is a bad move because better teams exist that won’t buy him?

    Liverpool suffered from anemic finishing last year from both suarez and carroll. If dempsey can add some potency to the attack, liverpool could be in the conversation for fourth.

  79. biff says:

    Totally agree with your assessment of Arsenal, don’t see Dempsey fitting in there at all. Plus, it could be that Arsenal is going to hit a patch of upheaval soon after the Van Persie bombshell and we will see whether or not Podolski was a good buy or not and can help the team. As for Fulham, Demspey had made his decision and Jol appears to be moving on and I would be surprised if either one reversed course.

  80. Adam says:

    A step down from Fulham? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen? What is your basis for this opinion?

  81. biff says:

    Hmmm. interesting point. never really thought of ol’ Dempsey that way, but you might be right…

  82. biff says:

    yeah!! I would love to see Dempsey trading passes with Suarez.

  83. biff says:

    I have said before that my first (realistic) choice for Dempsey is Schalke. (My pipe dream choice is Dortmund). And last week the Schalke general manager was saying that Schalke is done with transfers for the summer, so I was excluding any move to Schalke. But Schalke Coach Huub Stevens, a heck of a good guy who Dempsey would get on well with, apparently told Kicker magazine this week that the door is still open, and that he would like to bring in a mature experienced player (after losing Raul) to help balance out his young team. There was speculation that Schalke was considering Rafael van der Vaart, but the Schalke sporting director has said that door is now closed because his style does not fit Schalke. So Coach Stevens comments have given me hope that maybe Schalke is still considering making a move for Dempsey.

  84. SBI Troll says:

    Better than Manc U.

  85. Eddie says:

    A very very small number of idiots do not represent Liverpool’s fan base, and the LFC supporters’ groups condemned those fools. Every club has idiots like this.

  86. Costa says:

    Dempsey is a good player but not that good. He is 29, next season ,when he is free he will struggle to find a PL club.
    Liverpool are a good club that has had a bad run ,mainly due to H&G. They should be on the way back up now with good American owners and a new manager.Don’t think they want Dempsey though, they look for promising young talent, under 25.

  87. Eddie says:

    The B stands for Barclays. The official name of the league right now is the Barclays Premier League.

  88. K Bone says:

    Dempsey’s 30, and I don’t see Liverpool making the Champions League in the next three years. He’d be a fool to go there if he genuinely wants to pay in the Champions League…

  89. Eddie says:

    Exactly. I don’t understand why people can’t see this. Dempsey is exactly the kind of player that Suarez needs tom play with, and I think Clint would benefit greatly from playing with Suarez and Gerrard.

  90. K Bone says:

    Sorry, meant 29…

  91. K Bone says:

    You guys do realize when he was 4 to 5 years younger he wasn’t remotely this good, so I don’t understand your point. Certainly if he was that good when he was 24 he’d be worth more, but he wasn’t…

  92. bryan says:

    likes others have said, i’m iffy on the move. but i’m not totally against it. if he isnt going to go to Schalke, Valencia, Juve, or PSG, then this isn’t a terrible step to take. even if Liverpool have been sub par, it is still Liverpool. hard to argue in favor of either decision.

  93. Madaoua05 says:

    I think that Liverpool is a good move for Dempsey for several reasons:

    1) There is a legit chance that Liverpool will compete for a Champions League position in 2013-14. Brendan Rogers is a good manager, they are building good, strong talent in Jordan Henderson and Jonji Shelvey, and they are willing to spend more money to bring in other good players. More
    2) Fulham has no chance whatsoever at Champions League football, so I doubt he wants to stay. And nor does Fulham want him to stay. His value this summer is much higher than it will be during the January transfer window given that other teams know that his contract will be up in 6 months.
    3) There is a bigger payday for Dempsey with a move to Anfield. I’d guess that he makes about $2million per year at Craven Cottage. I’m sure he will be making at least $3million at Liverpool.
    4) Someone already mentioned it on this board…Dempsey’s marketing value is at its peak now. He is easily the most popular American player, which affords Liverpool a huge opportunity to market its brand in the US.

  94. Ben says:

    So yeah, how many EPL titles? A champions League title in 2005 and runner-up in 2007 are a couple of runs. The Europa league is not the Champions League, and no major club would be gloating over that title.

  95. DavidKamerun says:

    This is the kind of thing I’m talking about. Blame the yanks. A great place for Dempsey.

  96. Jeff says:

    I don’t see why Liverpool can’t compete for Champions League NEXT year. Especially if they added someone like Dempsey. Name the teams that are miles better than they are. I can think of two. City and Chelsea. Arsenal looks like they’ll lose RVP, United hasn’t found a replacement for Giggs and Scholes (except Scholes himself) or a reliable second striker, Newcastle and Tottenham are talented but by no means surefire competitors for CL. Carroll was looking better at the end of season; Suarez is a great, if widely hated, player; Lucas Leiva will be back, then there’s Henderson, Gerrard, Meireles. They can definitely compete at that level. And trust me, I have no love for Liverpool, which may have to change a little if Dempsey ends up there.

  97. pd says:

    Lateral move = +1

    Bundesliga = way to go.

  98. Jeff says:

    In short, I guess I’m saying that they can compete, though I do agree with a commenter below their odds of CL are a little longer than some of the clubs mentioned. Definitely a lot better than Fulham’s odds though.

  99. pd says:

    Btw does 9.5 million euro sound like a fair offer considering his goals tally last season? Serious question as I don’t know…

  100. nato says:

    where is Bocanegra, Edu and Bedoya going?

    Please tell me …. and is Cameron going to STOKE?

  101. Felix says:

    I’m not a big fan of this move. Liverpool is a bigger club than Fulham, that’s for sure – but if Dempsey wants CL football, I’m dubious that he’s going to see it with the Reds. They still aren’t better than the new top 4 and have to compete with Spurs for the 5th spot.
    Bigger club, that’s certain.

  102. Todd says:

    I think Dempsey will succeed at the club level before anything the national level. He will have better players around him at Liverpool. I do get your point and I am a selfish USMNT fan too.

    But he is more likely to reach the finals in a major tournament with Liverpool then the USMNT and certainly not the 2014 World Cup. I think the best we can hope for is to get out of the group stages…and if I want to dream further maybe win a knock out game.

    We are just not that good yet for more than that…but I will keep hoping and rooting for my team. USA!!! USA!!!

    In the mean time let Dempsey continue to build his legacy as the best American footballer abroad(field player).

  103. Todd says:

    I totally agree.

  104. Todd says:

    That is what I am saying!!!

  105. soccerhorn says:

    It looks like Jeff Cameron is going to Stoke.

  106. g? says:

    That doesn’t mean anyone actually calls it that…

  107. soccerhorn says:

    Not that good? As opposed to what? He finished third in the EPL in goals and fourth for player of the year. He is peaking right NOW. He should be looking for a Champion’s League club right NOW. His age will only be a factor after he has a down year.

    I think best fit would be a French club. Lyon or Marseille.

  108. soccerhorn says:

    Plus, as clever a coach as Wegner may be, he doesn’t exactly seem to grab for Americans, does he? Sadly, the lifting of that prejudice is a long way off.

  109. soccerhorn says:

    It’s all about lawyers and suing each other now. That’s all Rangers are left with. If I were a player under contract to Rangers right now I’d be lawyering up. New owner paid 5.5 million pounds, and now he’s going to try his best to add value by not letting players leave.

  110. fortunate only says:

    Porto just bought Jackson Martinez, Colombian international who played in Mexico, for 10 million euros. They ain’t going after Dempsey.

    He also won’t go to Germany since the Germans tend to buy young, cheap players and rarely splash big money on older players.

    Valencia has Piatti, Canales, Soldado, Jonas and Guardado as of right now and probably wouldn’t meet Fulham’s asking price.

    Atletico Madrid has Falcao, Adrian Lopez, Arda Turan, Juanfran and Salvio. They have just added Diego Costa and Borja Gonzales.

    Malaga has the money to purchase Dempsey but he wouldn’t be guaranteed PT.

  111. edmondo says:

    I cannot stand it when ignorant people make even more ignorant comments. Yes, Liverpool has slipped, but great 30 years ago, only a couple of runs????
    -> Domestically: they (a) won the league the last time 22 years ago, (b)won and were runners up the League cup in 90′s, naughts (0′s), and teens (’10,’11,’12), (c) won the FA cup & were runners up in the 90′s and naughts (last time 2006),& teens (d)between 94/95 – 08/09, they finished outside the top 4 only 3 yrs out of 15 yrs. The last 3 years are an anomaly which will be addressed.
    -> In Europe (since 2000) they:(a)won Champions league 1 time, were runners up 1 time, & made it to the quarter finals at least 3 other times, (b)won UEFA Cup 1 time and made it to quarters or semis 2 other times.

    I am not a Liverpool fan (I am an American living in Europe), but they were and are still a great club and stands a much greater chance of fighting with the elite than Fulham. Inform yourself before making insanely incorrect, hyperbolic statements!

  112. Alex says:

    Dempsey has no sell-on value, that’s partially why the fee is low. This will be his last $$$ move so any move after this will come at a loss.

  113. Alex says:

    Yea but Rodgers might be serious about wanting to move Carroll along – he’s never been one for a number 9 in the mold of AC.

  114. Adam says:

    Of course you would blame the yanks, they were the problem after all. They had to be forcibly removed from the club! Clearly the American flag means more to you and I then it does to a handful of Liverpudlians, why should they care? They were trying to make a statement about their club. They went about it in a stupid way, but the statement was valid. That doesn’t mean they hate their new American owners, and that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t embrace Clint. Hell, they are touring the USA in a couple weeks. This is the stupidest argument I’ve ever heard. Generalize much?

  115. Evan says:

    When a foreign owner (or owners) take a team with immeasurable heritage and, through complete incompetency turn that club into a financial mess (loading it with debts to help balance their books outside of the EPL), you can understand supporter dissent. That it went on for ages and said owners refused to either resolve the problem or get out, there was genuine feeling that US owners (in this case at least) had no respect for the welfare of another countries then premier football club.