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Ex-Fulham, Tottenham star Dempsey eager to take next step at Brazil 2014

Clint Dempsey wants the USA national team to improve on their recent World Cup record at Brazil 2014.

The former Fulham and Tottenham star and his US teammates clinched qualification to next year's tournament with a win over Mexico on Tuesday night and now Dempsey wants to perform better than they did with their group stage finish at Germany 2006 and first round effort at South Africa 2010.

"You want to qualify for a World Cup and you want to do well," the Seattle Sounders ace told USsoccer.com.

"I've played in two World Cups. One I didn't advance out of the group stage and the other we won the group but lost the next game. It would be nice to do something special in a World Cup so hopefully we can do that."

And Dempsey added that there could be some roster changes to Juergen Klinsmann's squad just as there was back in '06.

"There's going to be new faces that are going to try to compete for this team. I was like that in 2006; I wasn't part of the main World Cup Qualifying experience," he added.

"I was able to force my way into the team and some of the other players who worked hard and played in the qualifiers weren't there. The job isn't done now. You have to keep working hard and make sure you're going to be on that team for selection."

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Andrew Slevison
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