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Clint Dempsey left off U.S. roster for World Cup qualifiers

Clint Dempsey left off U.S. roster for World Cup qualifiers

Clint Dempsey, the captain of last year's World Cup team and U.S. soccer's active leader in goals and starts, was left off Juergen Klinsmann's 23-man roster for this month's World Cup qualifiers with St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

"At this point in time, I want to give the younger strikers a chance to prove themselves, and this is a good stage to do it," Klinsmann said. "I communicated with Clint about it and it’s all fine."

Dempsey, 32,  is a veteran of three World Cups. Among the forwards chosen in his absence are the Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon. Zardes has played in 17 games for the U.S. this...

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