A striker with an indomitable personality and a will to win unrivaled by any in the game, Clint Dempsey is an icon of USA's national team. According to many, he is the team’s beating heart. He has it all: goal-scoring panache, a creative, play-making sensibility, and a grim desire to chase back when a foray breaks down. Dempsey’s one of only three Americans to score in multiple FIFA World Cups™ and he is hoping to make Brazil 2014 – likely his last world finals – a special moment.

He began his club career in Major League Soccer, earning Rookie of the Year honours with New England Revolution, before heading for Fulham of the English Premier League. He had a hugely successful series of seasons at Craven Cottage, where he became the club’s all-time top-scorer in the Premier League and led them to an unprecedented UEFA Europa League final, though Atletico Madrid came out on top 2-1 to take the crown. His general play and output in front of goal earned him a chance with crosstown London glamour club Tottenham Hotspur, where he was unfortunate not to break into the first-team on a regular basis, necessitating a huge-money return to MLS with Seattle Sounders in 2013.

Dempsey has been voted three times as US Soccer’s Player of the Year and scored the team’s only goal of an ill-fated Germany 2006 campaign. He can play as an out-and-out striker, dropped in behind the front-men or even out on a wider perch, making him a useful and crucial cog for the Americans. “I play with a lot of heart and every time I go out on the field I do all I can to help get that win,” Dempsey, whose temperament and character are a perfect fit for his national team, told FIFA.com. “We work hard as a team and we need that to not change if we’re going to achieve.”