Clint Dempsey

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 8, 2016.
† Appearances (goals)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 25, 2016Clinton Drew "Clint" Dempsey/ˈdɛmpsi/(born March 9, 1983) is an American professional soccer player who plays for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer and has served as the captain of the United States national team .He has also played for New England Revolution , Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur .Growing up in Nacogdoches, Texas , Dempsey played for one of the top youth soccer clubs in the state, the Dallas Texans , before playing for Furman University 's men's soccer team. In 2004, Dempsey was drafted by Major League Soccer club New England Revolution , where he quickly integrated himself into the starting lineup. Hindered initially by a jaw injury, he would eventually score 25 goals in 71 appearances with the Revolution. Between 2007 and 2012, Dempsey played for Premier League team Fulham and is the club's highest Premier League goalscorer of all time.Dempsey became the first American player to score a hat-trick in the English Premier League, in the 5–2 win over Newcastle United in January 2012.Dempsey first represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and made his first appearance with the senior team on November 17, 2004, against Jamaica . He has earned over 100 caps and scored 48 international goals, making him the nation's sixth-most capped player and second top scorer of all time. He has represented the nation at four CONCACAF Gold Cups (winning two), helped them to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and played at three FIFA World Cups , becoming the first American male to score in three World Cups.

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 Clint Dempsey's Early life and career

His older brother Ryan was offered a tryout for the Dallas Texans , an elite youth soccer club, and brought Clint, who was noticed and recruited while passing time juggling a ball on the sidelines.Dempsey became a standout on the team at an early age but had to quit due to his family's time and money constraints as his eldest sister Jennifer was becoming a ranked youth tennis player.Several parents of his teammates with the Texans offered to assist the Dempseys with expenses and travel, allowing him to rejoin the club.

He attended Furman University as a health and exercise science major and a key player for Paladins soccer.

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 Clint Dempsey's Club career

New England Revolution[edit]

New England Revolution selected Clint Dempsey eighth overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft . In his rookie season, he started 23 of 24 matches scoring seven goals. Dempsey helped the Revolution to the Eastern Conference Finals and earned 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year Honors. In 2005, Dempsey contributed ten goals and nine assists in 26 games. He scored the game-winning goal in the Eastern Conference Final on his way to an appearance in the MLS Cup Final . In 2006, Dempsey added 8 more goals, but missed significant time in the playoffs due to injury. He came on as a substitute in the MLS Cup Final , but the Revolution lost their second straight final, this time in a penalty shoot-out (largely because Dempsey opted out of the PK, and it ended up scuffed off Jay Heaps' foot instead).

Fulham[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

His FA Cup debut followed seven days later in a 3–0 home win over Stoke City .Dempsey scored his first goal for Fulham on 5 May when he struck the only goal of a 1–0 home win over Liverpool .This goal saved Fulham from relegation and effectively guaranteed their place in the top-flight for the following season.

2007–08 season[edit]

In May 2008, Fulham announced Dempsey had signed a contract extension which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2010.Fulham beat Portsmouth 1–0 on the final day of the season to secure Premier League status for another year.He ended the season as Fulham's top Premier League goalscorer with six goals.

2008–09 season[edit]

Fulham came from a goal down to beat Manchester City 3–1 away from home as Dempsey scored two goals on April 12.For the second successive season, Dempsey ended as Fulham's top Premier League goalscorer joint with Andrew Johnson with seven goals.These goals helped Fulham secure a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, the highest in the club's history, and confirmed their qualification for the newly formed UEFA Europa League for the following season.

2009–10 season[edit]

Dempsey training with Fulham in August 2009

On March 18, Dempsey came off the bench against Juventus in their second-leg, last-16 tie in the Europa League and scored the winner on a long chip shot. Fulham won the game 4–1 and this game resulted in Fulham winning an award, as well as Dempsey receiving an award for his goal.The Guardiansuggested that the goal "might become the most famous goal in Fulham's history".On May 12, Dempsey replaced Bobby Zamora in the 55th minute of the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final , thus making history in becoming the first ever American to appear in a major European final. In the end, Fulham lost the match, as Atlético Madrid 's Diego Forlán scored in the 116th minute of extra time , giving Atlético a 2–1 win.His performances throughout 2009–10 earned him the designation of Most Valuable Player among Americans in Europe by SoccerOverThere.com, among other sources.

2010–11 season[edit]

On January 22, 2011, Dempsey scored another double versus Stoke City , putting Fulham temporarily out of relegation contention.

2011–12 season[edit]

The goal propelled Dempsey to become the most prolific USA goalscorer in the Premier League , passing Fulham legend and fellow American Brian McBride .Dempsey scored his fifth Premier League goal of the campaign with a header in a 2–0 home win against Bolton on December 17, lifting his side six points clear of the drop zone.

and sent his goal tally in the Premier League to nine for the season.With his hat-trick against Newcastle, he became the first ever USA player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.Dempsey scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season, sixteenth in all competitions, in a 1–1 draw against former manager Roy Hodgson 's West Brom on February 1, 2012.This run of good form saw Dempsey play higher-up the field into an orthodox striker position.

Dempsey became the first USA player to reach the milestone of fifty goals in the Premier League, with a free kick against Sunderland in the last home game of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On January 20, 2013, in driving snow at White Hart Lane against league leaders Manchester United, Dempsey was able to salvage a dramatic 1–1 draw for Spurs by slotting home a pass from Aaron Lennon in the 93rd minute. The goal was his fourth in four appearances in 2013. On January 27, 2013, Dempsey scored a looping header against Leeds United at Elland Road , in the FA Cup to bring the score to 2–1, however Tottenham Hotspur couldn't draw level throughout the rest of the game, leaving the result at 2–1 to Leeds at the whistle.Dempsey was unable to make an impression against his old club on March 17, when Fulham came away from White Hart Lane with a 1–0 victory. On April 21, Dempsey scored the first of three goals for Tottenham in a 3–1 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane. On May 12, Dempsey scored a long range goal and added an assist while playing against Stoke City to help Spurs win 2–1 and keep them in contention for the fourth Champions League spot.

On April 11, 2013, Dempsey scored two goals against FC Basel in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals to send the match into extra time. Tottenham eventually lost the match on penalties and thus were eliminated from Europe.

Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

He once again donned the number 2 shirt, forgoing the number 8 he usually wears for the United States and the number 23 he wore at Fulham. The previous user of the number 2 shirt, DeAndre Yedlin , moved to number 17. Dempsey made his league debut for Seattle on August 10, 2013 in a 2–1 victory over Toronto FC . Dempsey entered the match as a 34th-minute substitute after Obafemi Martins came off with an ankle injury.

Loan to Fulham[edit]

Return to Seattle Sounders FC[edit]

Although no announcement was made by Fulham FC, Dempsey appeared in the Seattle squad to face Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10, 2014. Dempsey had made a return to form, scoring a hat-trick against Portland Timbers , and recording braces against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids , leaving his goal tally at 8 in 5 games for 2014.

For the incident, he was given a three-match MLS suspension and a fine, and banned from the Open Cup for two years in addition to a second fine.

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 Clint Dempsey's International career

Dempsey training with the United States in April 2006

Early career: 2005 and 2007 Gold Cups and 2006 World Cup[edit]

Dempsey's first international tournament was the United States' victorious 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign; he netted their first goal, equalising as they came from behind to defeat Cuba 4–1 at Qwest Field in Seattle .

Dempsey playing for the United States in May 2013

a group stage elimination , with his equalizing goal in the Americans' eventual 2–1 loss to Ghana . He won the highest individual honor in football in America when he was named Honda Player of the Year for 2006, beating Fulham teammates Kasey Keller and Brian McBride in a poll of sportswriters. Dempsey received 237 points in voting by 207 sports journalists to claim the award.

2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup[edit]

Following the loss, he was awarded the Bronze Ball as the tournament's 3rd best performer.He ended the World Cup qualifying campaign tied with Landon Donovan as the team's second top scorer, behind Jozy Altidore , with five goals in thirteen matches.

Dempsey playing for the United States in 2011.

2011 Gold Cup[edit]

2014 World Cup and 2015 Gold Cup[edit]

Dempsey broke his own fastest-goal record in World Cup qualifying on September 7, scoring just 39 seconds into a 2–1 defeat against Jamaica in Kingston. During a qualifying match against Guatemala on October 16, 2012, Dempsey scored his 29th and 30th international goal, tying him with Brian McBride for third most goals scored for the United States national team. The goals helped the United States advance into the final qualifying stage for the 2014 World Cup .

Dempsey went on to suffer a broken nose midway through the first half as the United States defeated Ghana 2–1. In the following match against Portugal, Dempsey notched his fourth World Cup goal in a 2–2 draw. This goal drew Dempsey level with Bert Patenaude as the second-highest goalscoring American in the World Cup, one behind Landon Donovan .

Three days later, at his former club ground in New England, he struck the only goal to defeat Haiti , sending his team into the quarter-finals,where he scored his first international hat-trick in a 6–0 victory against Cuba .In the third-place play-off, he scored his seventh goal of the tournament to equalize for a 1–1 draw against Panama , and also netted his attempt in the penalty shootout which his team eventually lost; he finished the tournament as its top scorer.

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 Clint Dempsey's Career statistics

Club[edit]

International[edit]

ClubSeasonLeagueCupOtherContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
New England Revolution 2004 24 7 1 0 3 0 28 7
2005 26 10 0 0 4 1 30 11
2006 21 8 1 0 2 0 2 0 26 8
Total71252091208426
Fulham 2006–07 10 1 2 0 0 0 12 1
2007–08 36 6 2 0 2 0 40 6
2008–09 35 7 5 1 1 0 41 8
2009–10 29 7 2 0 0 0 13 2 44 9
2010–11 37 12 3 0 2 1 42 13
2011–12 37 17 2 3 0 0 7 3 46 23
Fulham (loan) 2013–14 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Total189501845120523260
Tottenham Hotspur 2012–13 29 7 2 3 2 0 10 2 43 12
Total29723201024312
Seattle Sounders FC 2013 9 1 0 0 3 0 12 1
2014 26 15 1 1 4 1 31 17
2015 20 10 1 0 3 2 23 12
Total5526211036630
Career total344108248265327425128
National teamYearAppsGoals
United States 2004 1 0
2005 13 2
2006 9 4
2007 13 3
2008 10 4
2009 14 4
2010 8 2
2011 14 5
2012 9 6
2013 10 6
2014 9 3
2015 10 9
2016 3 1
Total12349

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 Clint Dempsey's Honours

Club[edit]

New England Revolution
  • MLS Cup : Runner-up 2005 , 2006
Fulham
  • UEFA Europa League : Runner-up 2009–10
Seattle Sounders
  • Supporters' Shield : 2014

International[edit]

  • FIFA Confederations Cup : Runner-up 2009
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup : 2005 , 2007

Individual[edit]

  • Fulham Player of the Season: 2010–11 , 2011–12
  • Confederations Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Top Goalscorer : 2015
  • U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year : 2007, 2011, 2012
  • Honda Player of the Year : 2006, 2011, 2012
  • MLS Rookie of the Year : 2004
Top Scorer
  • Fulham : 2010–11 , 2011–12

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 Clint Dempsey's Personal life

Music[edit]

The song's video is dedicated to his sister Jennifer, who, at age 16, was suddenly struck with a fatal brain aneurysm . At Dempsey's request, the video ends with a shot of him placing a flower at her grave.

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 Clint Dempsey's Endorsements

Dempsey, along with global cover star Lionel Messi , features on the cover of EA Sports ' multi-platform video gameFIFA 15in the US & Canada

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 Clint Dempsey's References

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