*With his career on the rise, Clint Dempsey might be heading to a Champions League side this summer. And that ain’t no fish story: My profile of the U.S. national team star from Tuesday editions.
Dempsey, who missed the Scotland match with a groin strain, participated in Monday’s training session at the University of Maryland but said afterward he doesn’t think he would be ready to start Wednesday against Brazil at FedEx Field. A second-half appearance seems more likely.
Dempsey hasn’t played competitively since May 6.
*Striker Jozy Altidore arrived in camp, completing the 23-man roster.
“The guys are looking good,” Coach Juergen Klinsmann said. “We’re happy to have Clint back in training, Jozy joining us, so we finally have the whole group together and try to prepare for this big game.”
Klinsmann said he’ll take a close look at Altidore during Tuesday’s training session in Landover “and then we’ll take it from there” about his availability against Brazil. “We’re not stressing out about it.”
*The open session at Maryland’s Ludwig Field drew more than 2,000 spectators in stifling heat. The U.S. Soccer Federation was certain of at least 1,000 attending, but being a holiday, didn’t know what to expect. Before the team arrived, hundreds of fans were lined up outside the main gate.
The team was scheduled to train for 60 to 75 minutes but ended up on the field for about 90 before signing autographs and returning to their downtown hotel.
There was special recognition for the four players with local ties: former Terrapins Clarence Goodson and Maurice Edu, and state natives Oguchi Onyewu and Kyle Beckerman.
Among the spectators were Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski; former MLS forward Joseph Ngwenya (who said he just returned to the States after visiting his native Zimbabwe and might try to pursue a second-division contract); and U.S. Hall of Fame forward Bruce Murray, wearing a Joe Theisman Redskins jersey.
*The Americans will train again late Tuesday afternoon at FedEx Field. Brazil, which arrived in Washington on Sunday, worked out at American University on Monday and will practice at FedEx after the Americans on Tuesday. The sessions are closed to the public.
*At last check, 55,000 tickets had been sold. Organizers were expecting to receive updated numbers Tuesday.
*Brazilian star Neymar is in Washington after missing the 3-1 win over Denmark over the weekend. Will we see a stepover move? Probably. Imitators, like this guy in the Malaysian league, are still working on it.
Watch the real Neymar (but turn down the Eminem):