United States head coach Jurgen
Klinsmann hopes that his forward Clint Dempsey gets a move to a
Champions League club after his fine season with English side
Dempsey scored 17 goals in 37 league appearances for Fulham
this season and has made it clear that he would relish the
chance to play with a bigger club in Europe's top competition.
That is a feeling that is shared by his national team coach,
the former German international striker who is preparing his
team for Saturday's friendly against Scotland.
"If you play consistently at the highest level then offers
will come in. I think everybody is aware of that. His goal is
the right goal, we have often discussed it," the former Inter
Milan and Tottenham Hotspur striker said on a conference call.
"If he has the opportunity to go to a Champions League team,
that's the creme de la creme of club soccer then you have to do
that, with all the respect obviously to Fulham, as he often
"But you want to play in the biggest club competition in
the world and that's the European Champions League and hopefully
something will happen over the next couple of weeks," he said.
"If it doesn't happen then he has to keep pounding away and
knocking at the door."
Klinsmann said he has not talked about Dempsey's club
situation during training this week but said it had been a topic
over the past season.
"We haven't talked about it yet [this week] - but before on
the phone, following up his Premier League games we discussed
different ways of approaching things," said Klinsmann.
Dempsey will not feature against Scotland in Jacksonville
as he recovers from a groin injury but Klinsmann is hoping he
will be back for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil as the
Americans prepare for June's World Cup qualifying games.
Landon Donovan is in the U.S. squad after missing a number
of friendly games during Klinsmann's first year in charge and
Klinsmann sympathised with the player, who said this week that
he was finding it hard to find the hunger for the game.
"I think every player goes through those moments. Some a bit
earlier, some a bit later," said Klinsmann.
"I had those moments too, they came usually when you were
kind of ready for the next step or a change. It helped me a lot
to change [clubs] a few times more. It kept me on my toes and I
kept learning a lot of things off the field too. I had those
thoughts though," he said.
After facing Brazil in Baltimore, the U.S travel to Toronto
to take on Canada on June 3.
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June 8 in Tampa when Klinsmann's team face Antigua and Barbuda
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