Dempsey, who fought his way back into the Fulham starting 11 last year after seeing time on the bench, was an important part of last year's run. Manager Roy Hodgson likes Dempsey's improvement, noting:
During the 18 months I’ve been at the Club he’s got better and better. Of course his performances in the Confederations Cup and not least his performances for Fulham in helping us get to seventh place are proof that he’s actually becoming a better footballer.Dempsey scored 7 goals in 35 appearances for the Cottagers last year and I think he could get 10 goals this year, having found some form of late.
Dempsey has joined the U.S. National Team in advance of Wednesday's big World Cup qualifier in Mexico City.