Clint Dempsey wants to keep playing for the men's national team, but he's doesn't know if coach Jurgen Klinsmann feels the same way.
Speaking at a press conference in Portland ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star game, Dempsey, 31, said that he wants to keep playing until at least 2016, when the USA will host the Copa America tournament.
“I would like to continue playing for the US team, but that depends on performing and getting called in,” he said on Monday. “For me, I would like definitely to push to play in Copa America. It's a tournament that I always valued and wanted to participate in.”
Dempsey, who's the only American to score in three World Cups, will be 33 at the time of the 16-team tournament and Klinsmann must decide if he wants to opt for his veteran presence or if he wants to build towards the 2018 World Cup in Russia. We already know how that decision played out in terms of Landon Donovan.
Klinsmann was roundly criticized for his decision to go with such a young squad in last month's World Cup, although his critics were silenced after the US made it out of the Group of Death, largely on the strength of some lesser-known players. His focus will be assembling the best roster for next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
“Jurgen has to decide if I'm still part of his plans or not and we'll go from there,” Dempsey said.
The striker currently leads the Sounders with nine goals and three assists .