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On This Day: Dempsey chip leads Fulham over Juventus in Europa League

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10 years ago today, one of the most incredible and memorable European upsets too place.

Clint Dempsey‘s absurd (and quite frankly, disrespectful) chip capped off one Fulham’s improbable comeback against Juventus in the Europa League Round of 16. Fulham would reach the final of the competition that season, falling to Atletico Madrid in extra-time on a Diego Forlan goal that would break the hearts of Whites fans everywhere.

It’s been all downhill since then for Fulham, but they remember the Juventus comeback fondly.

With the Whites falling 3-1 in the first let in Turin, legendary striker David Trezeguet pounced on a loose ball in the box just two minutes into the second leg at Craven Cottage, meaning Fulham was well on its way out of the competition. That’s when the improbable began.

Bobby Zamora chested a ball down and struck a few minutes later to bring Fulham within a shout, and then Zoltan Gera bracketed halftime with a pair, including the second three minutes after the break from the penalty spot that brought Fulham back level in the match. Then with the match deadlocked on aggregate at 4-4, each with one away goal, Dempsey’s audacious effort lit Craven Cottage alight with eight minutes to go. The goal was the perfect encapsulation of Dempsey’s career, outrageous for anyone to even consider in the circumstances let alone actually pull off.

Making the comeback even more improbable, Fulham’s stalwort captain Danny Murphy was suspended for the match after his late red card in the dying minutes of the second-leg draw against Shakhtar Donetsk the round earlier.

Fulham’s twitter account has been reliving the build-up to the match throughout the day, bringing fans quotes from the players on the day before the game.

Fulham would go on to eliminate German sides Wolfsburg and Hamburg before reaching the final, and while Simon Davies leveled the scoreline at 1-1 to cancel out Forlan’s opener, the Uruguayan bagged the winner in the 112th minute to end the improbable run. Still, Dempsey’s chip will go down as one of the great European moments, especially for an American on one of the biggest stages.

Free agents: Flamini to Crystal Palace? Chamakh, Sissoko trial with WBA

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With the transfer window closed, Premier League teams have turned to out-of-contract players for their squads.

There are plenty of rumored deals out there and we’ll delve into them here as well as give you some names to monitor moving forward.

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Victor Anichebe has already been scooped up by Sunderland, and Marouane Chamakh and Mohamed Sissoko are on trial at West Bromwich Albion today, where the Baggies face the Indian Super League’s Delhi Dynamos.

The Guardian claims that Crystal Palace could land longtime Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini, though the Frenchman is wanted by a number of teams across Europe.

Among the other recognizable and available Premier League names are Stephane Sessegnon, Charles N'Zogbia, Kevin Nolan, Bobby Zamora, Leon Osman, and Junior Hoilett.

Longtime Juventus man Martin Caceres is 29 and was expected to sign with AS Roma once rehabilitated from an achilles injury, but has yet to make anything official. We’re only mentioning the slight possibility because, when healthy, he’s quite good.

Not a lot to love there for those looking for help.

West Ham United 1-1 Everton: Lukaku, Lanzini score beauties in draw

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Romelu Lukaku and Manuel Lanzini each scored good-looking goals, and West Ham avoided what could’ve been a late penalty in a 1-1 draw with Everton at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

The points-share leaves Everton in 8th place with 17 points, four points behind No. 5 West Ham after a lively, even game in London.

Andy Carroll headed a Ross Barkley cross onto his wrist late, but Paul Tierney resisted the urge to blow his whistle.

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Dimitri Payet, as usual, had the Hammers looked dangerous early. The Frenchman cued up Victor Moses for a chance hit just wide of the goal.

It was a free-flowing affair, with chances but no finishing touch. Aaron Cresswell hit an absolutely gorgeous looking curler with the outside of his foot, but it just missed the bar.

Lanzini then stepped onto a loose ball outside the 18 and carried it in a step before cheekily curling a wonderful shot past Tim Howard and into the upper 90.

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The Toffees evened it up before halftime on a classy connection between Gerard Deulofeu and Lukaku. The Belgian darted onto the end of Deulofeu’s through ball and touched around Adrian to pass a ball home from a tough angle.

Here’s a nice stat for you trivia buffs:

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