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Clint Dempsey talks World Cup, growing up in Texas and diving on Letterman show (Video)

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The U.S men’s national team are back enjoying their summers or have already re-joined their club sides just over a week since their elimination from the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Belgium. With the team’s performance capitvating America, captain Clint Dempsey appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night and received a standing ovation from the audience inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

The two chatted about the U.S.’s showing in Brazil, the difficulties of scoring on a soccer net, diving and more.

Here’s the entire 12-minute interview:

Dave makes a good alternate point about diving. If you’re running approximately 11 kilometers a match, trying to draw a call by rolling around on the pitch for a few minutes is a nice way to give everyone a breather.

Dempsey also gives a great explanation why it's so hard to score in soccer.

“I guess because you have goalies like Tim Howard in there.”

Belgium would certainly agree.

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