Where's the impatient chatter for Clint Dempsey?
Foreign players have long received adverse reaction after struggling to acclimate to the physicality and speed of MLS. Tim Cahill suffered the wrath of ESPN analyst and former New England Revolution striker Taylor Twellman last season for not scoring enough goals early in his MLS career. Apparently, a midfielder that only averaged seven goals per season in the Premier League should immediately be a double-digit goalscorer in MLS.
Clearly, his $3.5 million salary dictates that.
But what about the attacking player making $5 million who put together a 17-goal season in the Premier League? Where's the ignorant rabble concerning him? Is being an American soccer player enough to escape the harsh criticisms others face?
Excuses for some, but disparagement for others?
Clint Dempsey scored just one goal since returning to MLS in 2013. Sure, he's appeared in just nine matches as a member of the Sounders. But that's more than half of the appearances Cahill had before being met with the ramblings of a "muppet."
Dempsey's poor form isn't exclusive to MLS, either.
The 30-year-old returned to the Premier League in the offseason, going to Fulham on loan. It hasn't exactly gone to plan. The icon responsible for the most American goals in Premier League history is currently scoreless in seven appearances across all competitions.
Maybe spending an offseason with the club paying you one of the highest salaries in league history was a better option.
But teammate Brad Evans remains unconcerned, according to Jeremiah Oshan on MLS' official website:
Clint is at a different stage than all of us. He's going to come in at midseason form almost. He's got two months under his belt at a Premier League level. Whether or not you're winning games and scoring goals, it's about coming in fit and then doing the business here.
An optimistic remark...except Dempsey hasn't done any "business" since the summer of 2013. Unless, of course, you're counting a business transaction that returned him to his native land.
He can't rap to save his life, so producing on the field remains a priority for Clint Dempsey in 2014.