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Klinsmann hoping milestone man Dempsey can find rhythm for the USA

Juergen Klinsmann is hoping Clint Dempsey can rediscover his best form when the USA meet Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

The 30-year old, who recently joined the Seattle Sounders from Tottenham, will make his 100th appearance for his nation in San Jose and Klinsmann is looking for big things from arguably the country's best ever player.

"Seeing Clint will be very exciting because he's set for his 100th cap," Klinsmann told USsoccer.com.

"This is huge! Obviously, his move to Seattle is big for everyone involved in soccer in the United States and it will still take him a while to still settle in, pick up his rhythm and have that understanding with those players he needs to have to deliver the goals.

"But saying all that, his 100th cap is very special and I said to him that we saved the 100th cap for Costa Rica because we have never won there, so you have to put your stamp on the game and he's ready for that.

"It's going to be exciting days for Clint, and obviously his benchmark is the highest it can be.

"We want to see him delivering, playing with high energy, and see him really be there for his team, fighting defensively and being himself offensively. All of that makes it an exciting time for Clint heading into the Costa Rica match."

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