Going into this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, the U.S. national team is more popular than ever. Why is that? Here’s one theory: America loves playing the underdog. It’s perhaps fitting, then, that the man shouldering America’s underdog soccer fantasies, team captain and Furman alum Clint Dempsey, is the epitome of a dark horse himself. And that is why Dempsey is the perfect player to shoulder Team USA’s daunting World Cup campaign. Read more in Outside Magazine.