Fulham's Dempsey: Americans make it easier

Clint Dempsey admits he's been able to settle at Fulham thanks to the presence of fellow USA internationals Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride.

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He told fulhamfc.com: "Any time you already have friends when you move to a new place it's always important. You have someone to talk to. You might have questions that you think are dumb, but as they're your friends they won't think anything of it, whereas you might not ask these dumb but important questions to the other guys for fear of them thinking, 'What are you going on about?!'

"It's been awesome having Brian and Carlos here. Carlos showed me around, the places to eat and go out, and was nice enough to drive me back and forth before I got my vehicle. McBride has been more like a mentor to me, always keeping me positive and making sure that I was going in the right direction, even if I felt down.

"He is always helping me to better myself and he has been a really positive influence on me since moving here, helping me to adapt to the new environment, both on and off the pitch."

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