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His Background

Dempsey, a Texan, grew up as the second-youngest of five kids. He and his family lived in a trailer behind his grandparents' house, and he fell for soccer at an early age. In fact, his mom bought him a highlight video called Hero from the 1986 World Cup, and he watched it over and over again with his brother to learn and copy the moves. Dempsey played on several teams throughout grade school and high school, and he later attended Furman University.

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