Can former Spurs and Fulham man be the star to shine for the USA?

Clint Dempsey USA

Clint Dempsey comes into the World Cup in fine form and will be the star man for the USA at the tournament in the 'Group of Death'.

The 31-year-old has been sensational for the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer this season, and heads into the tournament as the leader of the US Men's National Team.

The captain has scored eight goals in nine appearances for the Sounders and has two assists in that time.

The former Fulham and Tottenham man also netted in the USA's 2-1 win against Turkey on Sunday, and will be the key to his nations success at the tournament this summer.

Dempsey joined the Sounders in August 2013 but struggled to find his best form as he wasn't fully fit, after making the move in the midst of pre-season training with Spurs.

However, after working on his match fitness over the second-half of the MLS season last year, followed by a loan spell at former club Fulham at the start of the year, the American has been deadly in and around goal for Seattle.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance Created / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsMins
Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FW 9 8 2 1.78 4.78 751

The stats above show just how good he has been, and he is averaging a goal or an assist every 75.1 minutes - a phenomenal record.

He has been the best player in Major League Soccer this season and there are high expectations throughout his country that he can be the man that brings success to the United States.

Dempsey will lead the attack for the USA, most likely alongside Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, and they will need to be at their best to have any chance of progressing through a very difficult group.

They open their World Cup campaign against Ghana on June 16 before games against Portugal and Germany.

Clint Dempsey is in good shape to shine regardless of how the national side do, but with "deuce" is their side they have a good chance of getting goals.

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