Klinsmann tabs Dempsey as U.S. captain

March 20, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
Clint Dempsey will captain the U.S. national team in its crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico, manager Jurgen Klinsmann said on Wednesday.

The announcement comes as Klinsmann prepares for Friday's game against Costa Rica and next Wednesday's match in Mexico amid reports of rifts in the U.S. locker room and questions about the former German captain's leadership skills.

Klinsmann said he had chosen 30-year-old Dempsey to succeed defender Carlos ...

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