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Top 10 goals in Clint Dempsey’s career

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Clint Dempsey announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a record-breaking career both in the U.S. and in the Premier League.

Over his 15-year career, Dempsey has scored a lot of goals. Around 211 to be exact in officials matches for the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, the Seattle Sounders and of course, the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Let’s take a look back at our favorite ten goals from Dempsey’s career, in descending order from 10.


10. New England Revolution at Metrostars, 2004

Let’s start where it all began. Clint Dempsey’s first season as a professional saw him and the mighty Revolution head down I-95 to Giants Stadium to face the Metrostars. Off a corner kick on April 25, 2004, Dempsey got on the end of a loose ball in the box and lashed a strike home, beginning his trademark celebration run towards the corner flag. It was the first of many amazing moments in Dempsey’s career.

9. U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Italy, 2012

It had been more than 70 years since the two nations faced off, and the USMNT had still never beaten Italy. That, and testing themselves against one of the best national teams in Europe was the backdrop for a late-February friendly match in Genoa, that saw arguably the best tactical setup from Jurgen Klinsmann during his time as head coach. Perhaps Italy wasn’t taking the game as seriously as they would a tournament, but Klinsmann had Dempsey man-mark Andrea Pirlo (!!) out of the game, and on one of his few chances, Dempsey fired home from just inside the box to give the U.S. the lead, one that it held on to for a historic win.

8. USMNT vs. Germany, 2013

A year before they won the World Cup in Brazil, Germany sent its side to the U.S. as part of U.S. Soccer centennial celebration, with a match between the nations to take place in Washington D.C.

Despite Germany being the favorites, once again, Dempsey (as well as Jozy Altidore and others) played some of the best soccer of their career. Dempsey finished with a goal as the U.S. left D.C. with a wild 4-3 win.

7. Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids, 2017

Clint Dempsey scored a lot of goals for the Sounders – 57 to be exact – and as a striker with a finishing touch, many are similar. Low shots aimed at the far post. Nothing spectacular, but it’s how the best keep scoring game after game. While he had many big-game goals, especially against the Portland Timbers, this goal against former USMNT teammate Tim Howard stands out as one of his best, smashing a half-volley into the side netting. The video starts at that goal, but feel free to start at the beginning and watch it all the way through.

6. Fulham vs. Liverpool, 2007

In Dempsey’s first season, he cemented his legacy as a fan favorite.

With the club mired in the relegation zone and seemingly headed for the Championship, a home draw against Blackburn and a crucial 1-0 win over Liverpool in the last home match of the season helped keep Fulham above the drop zone, letting them survive in the Premier League for another season. It was Dempsey’s goal that proved to be the difference against Liverpool.

5. USMNT vs. Costa Rica, 2013

Things weren’t looking good for the U.S. in its first World Cup qualification campaign under Klinsmann. The German legend had underestimated what it took to win in hot and humid Honduras, which saw the U.S. lose its first qualifying match, 2-1. Then, shortly before back-to-back matches against Costa Rica and Mexico, two of the other toughest nations in qualifying, a bombshell report came out from Brian Strauss revealing major divisions and cracks within the USMNT locker room. Tension was thick and the team’s fortunes were on a knife edge – they easily could have drawn or lost to Costa Rica and Mexico and been in deep trouble to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Instead, as luck would have it, on gameday in Denver against Costa Rica, it snowed. And snowed. Costa Rica asked for the game to be postponed, but the match went ahead. Amidst snow flurries and growing snow piles on the field, Dempsey scored a historic goal in what’s now called the Snowclasico that helped turn around the USMNT’s qualification dreams and sent them off into that summer with a ton of momentum, some of which was also buoyed by a scoreless draw at Estadio Azteca.

4. Fulham vs. Newcastle, 2012

On a cold January night, with his team down a goal, Dempsey helped inspire Fulham to a memorable 5-2 win over Newcastle at Craven Cottage. Dempsey scored a hat-trick, becoming the first (and so far only) American to achieve that feat in the Premier League.

3. Tottenham vs. Manchester United, 2012-2013

Clint Dempsey finished with 12 goals in a Tottenham uniform, and while some were spectacular, few were as memorable as his pair against Manchester United.

Dempsey led Tottenham to a rare and memorable, 3-2 win at Old Trafford in 2012, scoring the game-winner, and then back at White Hart Lane in the snow, Dempsey scored a crucial 93rd minute equalizer to earn a point in a 1-1 draw. Dempsey’s celebrations running towards the corner flag are unforgettable.

2. USMNT vs. Ghana, 2014

In Clint Dempsey’s first two World Cups, the USA was sent out of the tournament by Ghana. As luck would have it, the two nations were paired together in the Group of Death at Brazil’s World Cup in 2014, facing off in the opening match for each team. With emotion and anxiety high across the country, Dempsey sent the entire nation into delirium, scoring a goal in the opening 30 seconds to put the Americans ahead. Of course, John Brooks scored the game-winner that sealed all three points, but Dempsey’s goal was one no one will forget.

1. Fulham vs. Juventus, 2010

A game that will live long in the memory of any Fulham and USMNT fan, Fulham came back from a three-goal aggregate deficit in the Europa League Round of 16 to make it to the quarterfinals. But it wasn’t against just any opponent, this was against the mighty Juventus.

Dempsey, never one to worry about a shot going wide, decided to put the finishing touches – and go-ahead-goal on the win with an outrageous chip that left goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti helpless in goal. Fulham went on to play for the Europa League title, eventually falling 2-1 after extra time to Atletico Madrid.

 

 

Serie A roundup: Napoli falls to Parma in debut for Gattuso (video)

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Napoli’s last-minute loss to Parma in Gennaro Gattuso’s debut highlights Saturday’s Serie A action.

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Napoli 1-2 Parma

Napoli remains in a dark place as Gennaro Gattuso debut with Gli Azzurri ended in a last-minute 2-1 loss to Parma.

The defeat marks eight consecutive games without a win in Serie A play for Napoli, who dismissed Carlo Ancelotti earlier this week despite punching a ticket in the last 16 of the Champions League after a win over Genk.

After their fifth loss of the season, Napoli are currently eighth on the table with 21 points, seven behind sixth-placed Atalanta and 17 behind league leaders Inter Milan.

 

 

In the third minute of stoppage time, Gervinho – experienced as anyone else in tightly-contested situations – received a simple pass from Dejan Kulusevski, carefully striking it into the back of the net inside the six-yard box. The 32-year-old Ivorian has five goals in Serie A this season, and Saturday’s was his most important yet. 

For Gattuso (and hopeful Napoli supporters), Saturday was the antithesis of dreamy start, but with time and a change of mentality the situation may change.

“I don’t believe in bad luck. Right now we’re not good mentally,” the 41-year-old manager said following the match. “The team is paying for the fact that it has not won (in the league) for 50 or more days.”

“The first 10 minutes also prove it,” he added. “It’s tough as are the whistles of the fans. There’s a lot of work to do.”

The home side recorded 33 shots throughout the night, but Parma proved to be more clinical, scoring at death and opening the scoresheet just four minutes in. In the 64th minute, Napoli were able to get one go their way, as Dreis Merten’s lofting cross with force was headed home by Arkadiusz Milik. 

Gattuso and his men will be tested once as they travel to Sassuolo in a weeks time, while Parma look to trim their four-point gap with Atalanta when they host Brescia.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Brescia 3-0 Lecce

Genoa 0-1 Sampdoria

Hertha’s under-16s stop playing after alleged racist abuse

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BERLIN (AP) Hertha Berlin’s under-16 team stopped playing a game at regional rival Auerbach after its players were allegedly subjected to racist abuse from their opponents on Saturday.

The Bundesliga club says in a statement on its website that “several players from our team were racially abused by their opposing players.”

Hertha officials informed the referee of the alleged abuse and decided to stop playing in the 68th minute while leading 2-0 “because we as Hertha BSC condemn racism and discrimination in every form,” the club said.

Hertha executive board member Paul Keuter called it “the only correct decision, not to continue with the game.”

On Twitter, the club said: “There are times when football doesn’t come first. Racism has no place in our society.”

Hertha under-23 player Jessic Ngankam said he was targeted with monkey chants and called an “ape” by an opposing player during his side’s fourth division game against Lokomotive Leipzig on Dec. 6.

“Insults are unfortunately an everyday occurrence in football, and I can put up with them. But racist abuse is a no-go,” the 19-year-old Ngankam told broadcaster MDR.

Both Hertha and Lokomotive condemned the alleged abuse.

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La Liga roundup: Sociedad hold leaders Barcelona to draw (video)

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A stunning draw from top-of-the-table Barcelona highlight La Liga’s Saturday action.

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Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona

If Real Madrid manages to walk away from Mestalla with three points, they’ll dethrone nemesis Barcelona and become clear-cut leaders of La Liga.

Just days before El Clasico itself, a rare 2-2 draw from Barcelona against hosts Real Sociedad is the reason behind Los Blancos’ prime opportunity.

 

Former Borussia Dortmund starlet Alexander Isak tapped in his fourth goal of the season in the 62nd minute, leveling the score for Sociedad and sending the home fans into a frenzy.

In true Barcelona fashion, Real Sociedad, ironically hit the ground running first. 

After earning a foul inside the box from a corner kick set piece, Reala captain Mikel Oyarzabal converted from the spot, putting Sociedad, who have exceeded expectations this season under first-year manager Imanol Alguacil, up against the defending champions. 

It wouldn’t take long before the visitors responded, however.

A familiar face and experienced goalscorer at Anoeta, it was the ideal scenario for Antoine Griezmann to shake off some pressure that has been a key talking point surrounding the Frenchman lately. Darting inside the box with only Alex Remiro to beat, No. 17 – like in the old days – carefully chipped the ball over Remiro and into the back of the net the ball wandered. 

If the second half indicated anything early on it was that it was going to be difficult for Barcelona to drop points on Saturday. Unselfish as ever before, Lionel Messi laid off the ball to an unmarked Luis Suarez, who his team up 2-1 four minutes into the second half.

A lack of control of possession and, most notably, an unstable defensive line, would end up costing Barcelona two points.

Next for Barcelona is the game of the season: a league bout against Real Madrid on Wednesday, while Real Sociedad travel to Becerril in the second round of Copa del Rey. 

Elsewhere in La Liga

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Osasuna

Granada 1-2 Levante

Atheltic Bilbao 0-0 Eibar

South Florida officials seeking more international soccer

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) More than two dozen political leaders in South Florida have written letters to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors, urging them to allow top-tier international matches to take place in the Miami region.

Relevent Sports, the soccer-promoting group owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, filed suit against the USSF earlier this year saying that the sport’s governing body in this country was helping to prevent them from hosting certain matches.

The letters were released Friday to media outlets, including The Associated Press.

The USSF did not respond to a request for comment.

Ross’ group and top Spanish league La Liga have been working for some time to bring a regular-season match to Hard Rock Stadium, the facility Ross owns and is the Dolphins’ home.

The politicians – ranging from city mayors, county mayors, county commissioners and one state Senator – all essentially said the same thing, that bringing major international soccer to South Florida only will help the region’s tourist-dependent economy.

“Doing so will demonstrate a genuine commitment to our communities and the growth of the game, which you, as the United States Soccer Federation, are charged with promoting,” wrote Dean Trantalis, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale. That’s the city where David Beckham’s new MLS team, Inter Miami, will begin play next March.