Listen: Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Fulham discussed on ESPN FC
"Safe. I love that goal so much so so much JJ. It's by firing away my favorite, Clint Dempsey goal. And when I think about Dempsey and when I thought about his career today, I came up with a pretty broad statement. Not broad. What's the word a pretty strong statement that I don't know if you as an American will agree with, okay, can I put it to you? I'm scared while I think he changed the perception of the US footballer abroad. The stereotypical American soccer player for a longtime was Alexi Lalas or the captain America type the blood and ponder of a Brian McBride. And then latterly it was the pacy skillful in his own REIs, impatient, Landon Donovan. But in en- Dempsey here was an American that had more in common with the European continental style than the quintessential American. He was a creative player with an aggressive streak. He was capable of all the cliches of the American abroad fight. Hard work, never say die yet. You, but he was skillful with it on. He was an excellent. Richer on what are the things about him that I love. And that made me think of him as being continental was that we often said on the podcast, we wouldn't like him if he wasn't one of our own, we'd hit to play against him. But in that player Clint Dempsey, you had this amazing skill and I think he was more Diego cost than Dan Marino in his demeanor and I loved him. I, I'll tell you what, I don't know that it's totally correct what you're saying, but I I'm on board with you. I love it because that goal specifically that he scored for Fulham. I remember when he did that against you and look, he was by no means the first American player to go play in Europe and to succeed in Europe. But no, there was something about him that I was really magnetic to a lot of especially young American soccer fans kind of the generation that I am like guys, who are, you know, anywhere from twenty five to thirty five or twenty five to forty even. And I felt like when he scored that goal for Fulham, and when that season when he scored twenty three goals for Fulham, it was, it was kind of like the alternate the first real one of these Jay, Jay. For the American soccer fan to see this guy because we had, you know keepers, go over there. Friedel Casey Keller tin Howard, these guys are legends in their own, right. But there's something different about seeing your guy score a goal rather than stop one like seeing Dempsey score that goal for Fulham against Cannevaro and like legendary players on you and see that crowd going wild because him and seeing his teammates mob him. I think for an American soccer fan, it resonated in a different way than what we had seen from guys in the past, at least that was how I felt. Now he's saying that you have successful players in the past like Ernie Stewart, Eric Renaldo in in the top leagues, what I'm saying is here's a guy that did it for a sustained period, but also did it with panache and a skill that I'm sorry, you just didn't generally associate with American players. You will meet people who will tell you Tab. Ramos was the most powerful most technically gifted player we've ever produced, but he never made the impact that Clint Dempsey did in the minds of those. We care about most and gave us those. You like me Sally field moments? Yeah, and let's be honest there is another element to this which is, you know, kind of the elephant in the room. Let's like he's, he came across as really cool. I that that that helps like the sleeve of tattoos. His short seemed like a little bit Bagger than everybody else's. The buzz cut like there was something really cool about him. So I think American soccer fans, and I think soccer fans in Europe Khanna just like gravitated towards him just a little bit. I think he, I think that helps in the impact that that he made as well. I'm not going down that I'm not above that. You're completely right on. We all grew up as kids watching sports star. So maybe necessarily weren't the best. But they had an aura or something.."