McBride: Dempsey will be a success at Fulham

The striker said: “The great thing about a player like Clint is that not only has he an abundance of talent, but he has the desire to do well too and the US are producing that quality of player now.”

Dempsey said: “My goal, because of what my family put into helping me become a soccer player, was always to make them proud and to play for the US at the World Cup.

“The level is similar to playing for the national team because everyone around you is a good player.”