Soccer is the world’s biggest sport. The World Cup is the where the best of the best play it out on the biggest stage every four years to crown a truly global champion. Despite the scale of these events on the world stage, you might think that the fishing world is relatively insulated. Well, just like soccer is played in the remotest corners of the world, there’s a big soccer/fishing connection on our U.S. national team.

Clint Dempsey, aka Captain America, is the leader of Team USA. Find out what this Nacogdoches, Texas, native likes to do in his spare time when he isn’t playing soccer.

Clint-DempseyAs if you needed another reason to get out of your seat this month and root for the stars and stripes like the red-blooded, American patriot that you are, there’s Team USA Captain Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey isn’t just the team’s Captain, he’s arguably one of the most talented soccer players America has ever produced. And with veteran forward Landon Donovan out of the mix for this year’s World Cup, Dempsey leads all U.S. players with 37 career goals for the Men’s National Team. It’s Dempsey who Americans will look towards to lead the red, white and blue to victory in Brazil. But when he isn’t on the field for Team USA or the Seattle Sounders of MLS, you can find the Nacogdoches, Texas native on the lake.

In a Daily Mail profile from his 2012 season with Tottenham Hotspur, Dempsey goes one-on-one with the English newspaper to talk about his love for fishing and his roots deep in the heart of Texas. “Fishing’s important to me because it reminds me of growing up,” said Dempsey. “It just reminds me of the beginning, really.”

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