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Clint Dempsey of Fulham and the USMNT: Salute to Americans Serving (Playing) Overseas

Clint Dempsey playing for his club team Fulham and a star of the US Men's National Team (USMNT) hit an amazing goal this week in Fulham's 3-2 loss to Stoke City. Fulham found themselves 3-0 down after only 36 minutes of play but clawed back two goals in the second half and looked poised to score more. In the 85th minute, Dempsey picked up the ball about 25 yards out, let it bounce once and then smacked the ball with his right foot. It sailed into the back of the net for a golazo. See it here.

Dempsey is well known by Americans but takes a backseat to Landon Donovan when it comes to the USMNT because of Donovan's scoring record and longevity playing for the US. Dempsey has gone to the best league in the world and turned into a key figure in Fulham's midfield, scoring 19 times in the past four seasons. He has played in 21 games this year and now has 6 goals. He handles pressure well and has matured greatly in England. Many talk of Donovan becoming the next USMNT captain, however, Dempsey is the man who has taken the bull by the horns in the world's biggest league and come away a starter. Clint Dempsey should be the next captain for the USMNT.
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  1. It's a great goal. Did you see that Dempsey came in off the bench? He assists their first goal and scores the second. That's a good way to let the coach know you should be starting.

    I hope he captain's the USMNT. I don't know if he is more deserving than Donovan, but I just think Donovan will play better without the added pressure of being captain and the focus of the team. I think Dempsey will handle the pressure better.

  2. Both would be fine leaders, however Dempsey is doing very well with a lot of pressure. Landon can stay under the international radar at the Galaxy and play second fiddle to Beckham. When he is in that type of situation he excels. It's not that he's a bad player, it's that he performs best as the number 2. He's like Carlos Quieroz, who was the second man in charge at Manchester United until last year when he went to Portugal. He excels as the number 2 but doesn't inspire as much confidence when all of the pressure is on him. I many change my mind if Landon becomes a force at Everton, but let's be honest, he'll have a half a season to try and establish himself. It's not enough time. It took Dempsey two years at Fulham.


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