Dempsey aiming for 2016 Copa America spot

The U.S. men's national team captain wants to keep his spot until at least the 2016 Copa America, which will be held in the USA.
PORTLAND — United States men's national team captain Clint Dempsey wants to keep playing internationally until at least 2016.

Dempsey, 31, was the offensive star for the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup, scoring in the first two games against Ghana and Portugal. He would like to represent the Stars and Stripes at least until the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which the USA will host.

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"I would like to keep playing for the U.S. team," Dempsey told reporters at a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Major League Soccer All-Star game against Bayern Munich. "That depends on me performing and getting called in.

"For me, I would like to definitely push for playing in the Copa America, it's a tournament I've always valued and would like to participate in but never got the opportunity to. If I got the opportunity to play in the Copa America, that'd be awesome, but it's not my decision whether I get called in or not. You have to be performing, you have to still see, Jurgen (Klinsmann) has to decide if I'm part of his plans or not, and take it from there."

Dempsey was one of 11 players voted into the All-Star team by league fans. The team will face Bayern Munich at Providence Park on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.