This generation, as much as any before it, has a horrible knack for overrating “the moment” in sports.
So I have extreme reservations about saying this after one of the bigger wins in United States men’s national team history, but I’ll do it anyway.
Clint Dempsey, like several players who will come after him, has a legit chance at being the most memorable player in USMNT history.
Dempsey scored a goal and assisted Gyasi Zardes’ tally in Thursday’s Copa America Centenario quarterfinal win over Ecuador, and the Texan forward looms over Landon Donovan’s legacy as the best U.S. player yet.
Dempsey is five goals shy of Donovan for the most goals in USMNT history, a record we’ll — theoretically — see tempted time and again as the national team continues to improve on a generational basis.
Here’s what the Seattle Sounders attacker said about his teammates late Thursday night after the win:
“These last two games they showed it. (We were) difficult to break down and showed a lot of heart really. We keep going, and we’re in the semifinals of a major competition.“It’s always great to do it at home, and to do it for the States. It’s what you dream about as a kid. I’m blessed.”