Clint Dempsey’s recent stroll around New York suggests the United States is over its bout of World Cup fever.
Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. men’s national soccer team, recently conducted fan-on-the-street interviews in the Big Apple for ESPN. Dempsey soon discovered that so-called “fans” were willing to opine on the state of the team without knowing to whom they were talking.
When Dempsey asked fans how they thought Team USA’s captain performed in Brazil, one said he disagreed with United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to drop Landon Donovan from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster. It goes without saying that Donovan was not the team’s captain.
Like most soccer stars, Dempsey can go unrecognized as he walks the streets of major American cities. Unlike others, Dempsey can bring ESPN’s cameras with him to prove that soccer still has a long way to grow in the American sporting consciousness.