Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dempsey Answering the Call for U.S

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Dempsey Answering the Call for U.S

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The regret has lingered in Jurgen Klinsmann's mind for 25 years.

In the 1990 World Cup, Klinsmann and West Germany beat the United Arab Emirates, 5-1, in the second game of the group stage. Klinsmann scored just one goal.

"I should've scored five," Klinsmann said.

For the former striker, now the United States national team coach, it was a missed opportunity.

Klinsmann didn't want Clint Dempsey to suffer one of his own Saturday in the U.S.'s quarterfinal match against Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. So before the game, Klinsmann offered advice to his veteran forward.

"Take it seriously, make sure you're not wasting anything there," the coach said.

Dempsey responded with three goals in the 6-0 victory against an overmatched Cuban team, continuing an outstanding performance throughout the U.S.'s run in the Gold Cup.

The 32-year-old has six goals in the tournament going into tonight's semifinal match with Jamaica in Atlanta, and hasn't shown any sign of losing his motivation to add to that total.

"You always want to score as many goals as possible," said Dempsey, a forward with the Seattle Sounders. "But the most important thing is that the team does well and we want to win this tournament."

Dempsey's hat trick -- his first for the national team -- brings his international total to 47, or 10 shy of Landon Donovan's record. He scored three of the team's four goals during the group stage, lifting the U.S. to the quarterfinals.

On a team that carries the highest expectations, Dempsey has absorbed the pressure and seized seemingly every opportunity.

"It's a chain reaction," forward Gyasi Zardes said. "We want to get one of our most lethal guys the ball. He's very dangerous, and if we get the ball to his feet, that's better for us."

It's been an up-and-down year for Dempsey.

In the Sounders' 3-1 loss to the Portland Timbers in a U.S. …

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