TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Clint Dempsey spent time with family, did a little fishing, let his broken nose heal and mostly ignored the World Cup.
After becoming the first American to score in three World Cups, Dempsey needed a break upon his return to the United States from Brazil. So until his appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" the other night, Dempsey was mostly away from the spotlight.
"I got away from the game. It's tough to watch the other teams still being in the competition and you are jealous because you still want to be part of things," Dempsey said Friday as he rejoined the Seattle Sounders. "I was texting with different friends and family what the scores were and stuff like that so I was still involved, just not watching the games on TV. It was good for me to get a little bit of downtime."
Dempsey hopes the U.S. loss to Belgium in the round of 16 isn't his last World Cup game. Dempsey said he wants to continue playing with the national team as long as possible, first focusing on staying with the team through the 2016 Copa America before worrying about the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Dempsey, who turned 31 in March, believes it's possible to still be in contention for a spot in Russia when he's 35.
"I want to play with the national team as long as possible. I am looking forward to push and be a part of Copa America for sure. And if you can still play at a high level and perform then, yes, you try and be one of those players that play at the international level for a long time," Dempsey said. "But you have to continue to perform. It's not about saying you want to do it and it's going to happen. You have to put in the work."