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Clint Dempsey

Men's National Team
  • PositionForward
  • Date of BirthMarch 9, 1983
  • Height6-1
  • Weight170
  • ClubSeattle Sounders FC
  • World CupCaps:10
    Goals:4
  • CareerCaps:109
    Goals:39
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With his goal against Ghana, Dempsey became the only U.S. player to score in three different World Cups

Playing History

MNT

Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Scored a go-ahead goal in the 81st minute against Portugal, finishing a cross from Graham Zusi to put the U.S. up 2-1 in the second match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Became the first American to score in three FIFA World Cups when he scored against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the third World Cup goal of his career
Scored 30 seconds into the match against Ghana on June 16, recording the fastest U.S. goal in World Cup history and fifth-fastest overall
One of only three US players to score in multiple World Cups (Brian McBride, Landon Donovan are the others)
Currently the USA’s all-time leader in goals scored in World Cup qualifying (14)
Has worn the Captain’s armband (permanently) since May 2013
Led the U.S. in scoring in 2012 with six goals, including five in the semifinal round of qualifying
Has a long list of significant goals: v England to earn the draw at the 2010 World Cup; v Poland in the 1-0 2010 WC win[MK1] ; winning goals v Barbados & Cuba during 2008 WCQ; header v Egypt to secure semifinal spot in 2009 Confed Cup; the insurance goal v Spain in Confed semis; the only goal v Honduras 10/8/11, the first win under Jurgen Klinnsman era; overall 3 goals in 2011 Gold Cup; v Italy in Genoa 2/29/2012.
Made international name for himself at the 2006 WC with a magnificent performance and a thunderous goal v Ghana
Has been a regular in the squad since 2006 and a “presence” from that time, scoring big goals at big times
Burst onto scene in 2005, appearing 13 times (tied with Keller for most); significant contributor to that year’s Gold Cup triumph, playing in four matches
Debuted 11/17/2004 v Jamaica and scored his 1st goal 5/28/2005 v England

Youth National Teams

Played nine U-20 internationals in 2003 and was member of the FIFA U-20 roster, making one appearance (vs. KOR)
Played four games with the U-20s in 2002, starting twice

Professional

Made huge headlines when transferring back to his MLS roots, joining Seattle in August 2013
Hailed as the Number 1 U.S. MNT player to transfer to MLS since 2005 Made nine appearances with the Sounders, scoring once; added an assist in the course of three playoff matchesLoaned back to Fulham for Jan.-Feb. 2014 to keep fit prior to MLS season
Transferred from Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur (ENG, Premier League), playing 28 times during 2012-2013
Transferred from NE to Fulham (ENG, Premier League) during January 2007 transfer window (reported $4 million); played alongside Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride
Assembled a storied career with noteworthy achievements at Fulham (ENG, Premier League)
Became a folk hero at Fulham when his goal on the final day provided a 1-0 win v Portsmouth and escape from relegation
Became a regular with Fulham in 2008-2009, scoring 7 goals and helping lead team to the Europa League
His 2009-2010 Europa League goal, a wonder strike, against Juventus put Fulham into the quarterfinals and was voted 2010 BBC Sporting Moment of the Year
He played in the Europa League Final, but Fulham bowed, 2-1, to Atletico Madrid after extra time
Finished his Fulham career after the 2011-2012 season, with 50 EPL goals, a club record
NE Revolution’s top draft choice in 2004, where he played for three seasons
Scored 25 goals for Revs and played in two MLS Cup Finals
Youth clubs (especially if an US Soccer Academy program)
Texas high school standout at Nacgodoches HS, compiling 54-2-3 record and three district championships, winning all-state honors; frequent member of all-academic teams
Captained the Dallas Texans S.C., leading them in scoring
Starred three years at Furman, helping Paladins reach two NCAA tournaments and winning two Southern Conference titles

Honors earned

2012 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
2012 Futbol de Primera Player of the Year
2011 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
2011 Futbol de Primera Player of the Year
Man of the Match v Mexico in 2011 Gold Cup final
FIFA Bronze Ball at 2009 Confed Cup
Man of the Match v Barbados, 2008 WCQ, scoring fast goal in US WCQ annals at the time
2007 US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
2007 Futbol de Primera Player of the Year
2010-2011 Fulham Player of the Season
2005 MLS Best XI
2005 MLS All-Star
MVP of Tampa Bay Sun Bowl

Career Club History Map

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Clint is a huge fan of soccer legend Diego Maradona

Getting to Know Clint Dempsey

One of Clint's hobbies is music. Dempsey is a hip-hop fan & recorded his own single “Don’t Tread” in 2006; it was used in a Nike commercial and was intended to show the sport’s working-class roots and the USA’s forthcoming World Cup adventure.Clint's first car didn’t have a radio so he had to make his own music up, sparking his creativity. He enjoys music, listens to it before games, and likes listening to Texas music because it reminds him where he came from. 

Dempsey has worked with DJ Ski at the Ski Lodge in California, who has a show called “Ski Live” and may try to release his music through him. The two are mastering the music Clint’s already made. If his music does not come out as a free mixed tape, he would put his portion of the revenues towards a charity.

Another meaningful part of Clint's like are his tattoos. His tattoos commemorate certain things in his life, many of which commemorate the life of his sister, who he lost as a teenager. He has tattoos of her tombstone, a tennis racket and a steer, keeping her interests in mind.  On his chest he has an eagle perched on tree stump, signifying patriotism and the idea that home is where the heart is.  On his ribs he has his kids and their birthdays. On his ring finger he has his wife’s name because his wedding ring doesn't fit over his once disconsolate finger. He has an infinitysign on his neck and the state of Texas on his elbow. 

Clint feels that his success in soccer is because of his family and the contributions to his development. They would drive him to Dallas to play, and without them he would not have been able to succeed. They attend almost every game. 

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Clint has sponsorship deals with Nike and Degree

Texas

Clint loves the outdoor life and would one day like to buy land in Texas. Dempsey loves to fish wants to have a situation like “Duck Dynasty” for his family get-togethers to go hunting, fishing, ride four-wheelers. Clint did this growing up with his dad. They had a boat, so the family would sleep at the campsite and then go out on the water and go fishing, inter-tubing and water skiing. At night, would have bonfires with everyone roasting marshmallows. Dempsey wants to pass down these simple enjoyments of being together and being outdoors. For Clint, it puts in perspective what really matters in life. The most important thing is being with family and sharing those moments.

“When something like that happens, your perspectives change. I was worn out. But, Clint would go out and practice twice as much. He'd work twice as hard. He wanted to do it in her name, in her glory. So he dedicated everything to her.”

Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

Dempsey’s craftiness, unpredictability and fearlessness meshed with his defensive acumen have made him a potent threat for both club and country.  Becoming the second U.S. player in history to score in multiple World Cups when he tallied the tying goal against England in 2010, it was his bravery and commitment that opened the door to Landon Donovan’s game-winner against Algeria. The dazzling midfielder has consistently shown his mettle as a big-game player, scoring in consecutive matches against Egypt, Spain and Brazil during the USA’s historic run to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final. He has amassed 13 career goals in World Cup qualifying, good for a first-place tie on the all-time U.S. list. After establishing his credentials as a bona fide goal-scorer in the Premier League by becoming Fulham’s all-time leader with 50 league goals, he welcomed a new challenge by signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013 after a final season in England with Tottenham Hotspur.

-Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup

-Scored the go-ahead goal against Portugal in the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, an 81st-minute finish of a Graham Zusi cross that Dempsey put in with his six pack

-In the opening match against Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored the fastest ever goal for the U.S. and fifth-fastest in World Cup history with a goal just 30 seconds into the game

-Named captain of the U.S. MNT by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, beginning with the USA’s second Hexagonal match of 2013 against Costa Rica on March 22

-Voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor for the second consecutive time and third overall

-Led the team in scoring for the second straight year, tallying six goals. His 30 career strikes are good for a third-place tie with Brian McBride on the USA’s all-time leaderboard.

-Scored the game-tying goal against England in the USA’s opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, becoming only the second U.S. player in history at the time to score in multiple World Cups

-After picking up Man of the Match honors and scoring in both the win against Egypt and the semifinal victory against No. 1-ranked Spain, the crafty Dempsey earned the Bronze Ball at the 2009 Confederations Cup for his outstanding attacking play

-Scored the USA’s lone credited goal in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, leveling the score 1-1 against Ghana in the final group match

-Set the goalscoring record for an American in the EPL when he reached 37 career goals surpassing Brian McBride

-His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV


2014: Started all four of the MNT's matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... In the second game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scored a go-ahead goal to put the U.S. up 2-1 over Portugal in the 81st minute when he finished a Graham Zusi cross ... Became the first American to score in three FIFA World Cups when he scored against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... Scored 30 seconds into the match against Ghana on June 16, recording the fastest U.S. goal and fifth-fastest overall in World Cup history ... Has started and appeared in five games for the U.S. in 2014, netting two goals ... 2013: Had his most successful year with the National Team, being named captain after the first game of the final round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and tying his career best with six goals (three in WCQ) … Began the year on fire with five goals in his first five matches … Scored two goals, the latter of which proved the game-winner, against Germany (then ranked No. 2 in the world) on June 2 to climb to second place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goals scored list with 36 … His three goals in World Cup Qualifying moved him to 13 all-time and tied him with Landon Donovan atop the USA’s WCQ goal-scorers list; Dempsey also now sits second on the MNT’s all-time WCQ caps list with 34, six behind Donovan … Became only the 14th player in MNT history to reach 100 caps, when he started against Costa Rica in WCQ on Sept. 6, scoring a penalty goal to mark the occasion …  2012: Posted a career-high six goals, including five in the Semifinal Round of qualifying … Adding to the import, Dempsey recorded three game-winners, including the decisive goal in the historic 1-0 victory in Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa … Earned Budweiser Man of the Match honors four times and in three qualifiers … Tallied the lone goal in the 1-1 draw with Guatemala on June 12 in Guatemala City, then scored the game-winner in the return leg Oct. 16 in Kansas City that sealed first place in the group …  2011: Finished the year with five goals and two assists in 14 appearances, leading the team in goals and points … Secured fourth place all-time for most U.S. goals scored with a career total of 24, tied with Joe-Max Moore … Scored the second U.S. goal in the 3-2 win against Slovenia on Nov. 15, earning him Man of the Match honors … Clinched the USA’s first win under Jurgen Klinsmann with a curling left-footed shot from 15 yards out in the 1-0 victory against Honduras on Oct. 8 … Scored the game-winner on a close-range finish from a Landon Donovan pass against Panama to lift the U.S. into its fourth consecutive Gold Cup final … Started each of the U.S.’s six matches in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring three goals and adding one assist in the tournament, including the second goal in both 2-0 wins against Canada and Jamaica  and helping Donovan notch the U.S.’s second goal against Mexico in the final, for which he earned Man of the Match honors … Also earned Man of the Match honors for his performances against Paraguay in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29 and against Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass. … 2010: Scored the game-tying goal against England on June 12 after spinning Steven Gerrard to give the U.S. a crucial point in the World Cup opener … Fired the fourth-most shots (15) of any player in the group phase of the World Cup … One of the USA’s standout players in the Round of 16 defeat against Ghana; he won the penalty that allowed the U.S. to tie the game …Tallied the game winner in the 2-1 victory against Turkey on May 29 in Hartford … 2009: Surpassed the 50-cap mark while posting a career-high 14 starts …  Started eight of 10 final round qualifiers … Headed home the third goal against Egypt on June 21 that sealed the USA’s advancement to the semifinals of the Confederations Cup … Picked the pocket of Sergio Ramos to tuck home the insurance goal in the 74th minute of the 2-0 win against Spain on June 24 in Bloemfontein … Opened the USA’s scoring against Brazil in the final with another picture-perfect finish from a Jonathan Spector delivery … Won the Bronze Ball at the FIFA Confederations Cup … Scored the game-tying goal by alertly defeating an offside trap in the 2-1 home win on Sept. 5 against El Salvador … 2008: Started all 10 games he featured in during 2008, including games against England, Spain and Argentina … Tied for the team lead with four goals, all of which came in World Cup qualifying … Grabbed winning goals against Barbados and Cuba during the USA’s five-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying ... Scored the team’s fastest goal in U.S. World Cup qualifying history against Barbados, putting the U.S. in front after just 53 seconds en route to earning Man of the Match honors … 2007: Named U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year for 2007 … Played a team-leading 1,048 minutes in 2007, including 13 starts … Finished second on the team in points with three goals and two assists … Played a vital part of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup side that beat Mexico 2-1 in the final … Played the entirety of the tournament up front for the United States as a dangerous target man … Scored the winning goal against Guatemala in the opening game of the competition … Put his name on the scoresheet for the USA’s friendly against Brazil when he turned in a Steve Cherundolo cross to briefly tie the game at 2-2 … 2006: A stellar year for both club and country, he was a member of the 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in two games as a starter vs. Italy and Ghana … His thumping strike against Ghana, from a DaMarcus Beasley cross, was one of the iconic moments of the team’s World Cup campaign … Scored the lone goal in the USA’s 1-0 triumph against Poland on March 1 in Kaiserslautern, Germany … Finished the year with nine appearances for the national team, scoring four goals and tying him for top scorer … 2005: Appeared in 13 games in 2005, including six qualifying games … Tied for the second-most appearances for the year alongside Kasey Keller … Tallied his first-ever national team goal in the 2-1 loss against England on May 28 in Chicago, finishing off a rebound from a Carlos Bocanegra shot … Played in four CONCACAF Gold Cup matches to help the U.S. win its third title … Got the championship run kick-started by scoring the USA’s first goal of the tournament, perfectly timing a run to beat the Cuban defense just before the halftime whistle en route to a 4-1 win July 7 in Seattle … Put his name on the scoresheet in the June 4 qualifying win against Costa Rica, his deflected shot falling at the feet of Brian McBride to set up the USA’s third goal in the 3-0 shutout victory in Salt Lake City … 2004: Made his first appearance for the MNT in the final game of the semifinal round of 2006 World Cup qualifying on Nov. 17 against Jamaica at Columbus Crew Stadium, coming on as a reserve for Ramiro Corrales in the 65th minute … Under-20s: Named to the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship roster, he made one appearance in the United Arab Emirates as a substitute against South Korea in the team’s final group match … Was named to the roster for two international tournaments in Houston, Texas, and Spain … Scored his first goal with the U-20s against Canada in a 2-1 win at the USASA Festival in Houston … Had a total of 12 appearances with the U.S., including nine internationals in 2003 … Played in four games with the U-20s in 2002, getting two starts … First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2004, vs. Jamaica … First Goal: May 28, 2005, vs. England


2013: Made a major splash in American soccer by returning to MLS with Seattle Sounders FC after calling time on his career in the English Premier League, during which he amassed 213 appearances and 57 goals (the most by an American in EPL history) … Debuted with Sounders FC on Aug. 8 in a 2-1 win over Toronto FC and went on to make a total of nine appearances (six starts) for Seattle … Scored his first MLS goal since leaving the league in 2006 in Seattle’s regular season finale, a 1-1 draw with LA on Oct. 27 …  2012: Moved across London to Tottenham Hotspur in an 11th- hour deal on the final day of the summer transfer window … His first goal for the club was a doozy, the game-winner in the 3-2 win on Sept. 29 against Manchester United at Old Trafford … Made 16 league appearances to start the season, starting 12 and scoring four goals … 2011-12: Finished his career at Fulham with 50 league goals, a club record … Posted a career-high 17 goals in 37 Premier League matches … Recorded two hat tricks within two weeks, first in the 4-0 win against Charlton on Jan. 7 in the FA Cup … Fourteen days later, netted three in 5-2 win on Jan. 21 against Newcastle  … His goal in the 85th minute on Dec. 5 against Liverpool gave Fulham a 1-0 win, and set the record (37) for most goals by an American in the EPL … Scored a goal and notched an assist in the 6-0 win against Queen’s Park Rangers on Oct. 2 … Added two goals in the 3-0 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League … 2010-11: Finished the 2010-11 campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with 13 tallies and a career-high 37 appearances in the Premier League, 42 in total … Voted the 2010-11 Player of the Year for Fulham by the fans … Played in every match to open the campaign, including 20 starts in 22 total appearances … In the first half of the season, he already had eight goals and nine in all competitions … Every goal scored came in either a victory or a draw for Fulham … Scored both goals in the 2-0 victory on Oct. 30 against Wigan … 2009-10: Finished 2009-10 with 43 appearances in all competitions, including 12 in the Europa League … Had nine goals in all competitions, and seven in the EPL … The wonder strike against Juventus on March 18 that put his team in the quarterfinals of the Europa League was voted the 2010 BBC London Sporting Moment of the Year … His appearance against Hamburg in the Europa League semifinal on April 22 made him the first American to play in that stage of a European competition since DaMarcus Beasley in the Champions League in 2005 for PSV … Logged 34 minutes in the return leg a week later … Scored in back-to-back games, netting the tying goal in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Oct. 25 and the last goal in the 3-1 win against Liverpool six days later … Potted a pair in the 3-0 win on Nov. 25 against Blackburn … 2008-09: Started every match in all competitions for Fulham after the new year … Finished the season with seven goals, helping Fulham to a seventh place finish – their best ever in the EPL - and a spot in the Europa League …Registered two goals in the 3-1 win on April 12 at Manchester City … Scored his first brace in English soccer when he netted two goals against Chelsea during a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Dec. 28 … Started eight games of Fulham's nine-game Premier League unbeaten run to close out 2008 … Opened his goalscoring account on the season with a crucial equalizer against Portsmouth at Fratton Park ... Began the season as a substitute for Fulham but forced his way into the starting lineup after a series of good performances in the fall … 2007-08: In his first full season with Fulham, he featured in 36 of the team's 38 games … Scored six goals on the season and added two assists to become the team's top scorer in the Premier League ... After being thrust into a role as a striker after Brian McBride’s injury, he responded admirably, netting goals in three consecutive Premier League games against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Wigan … He was also named as Player of the Month for August by Fulham’s supporter group … Helped Fulham narrowly escape relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win against Portsmouth … 2006-07: Made the jump across the Atlantic, joining Fulham for around $4 million … There he joined fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride … Though he struggled to break into the team at first, he came on strong in the final weeks of the season and scored the club’s most vital goal of the season … His goal against Liverpool on May 5 effectively saved Fulham from relegation, as it gave them three points and took them away from the drop zone … In total, he made 10 appearances in midfield for the team, scoring one goal … 2006: Was limited to only 21 appearances for the Revolution due to World Cup duty and injury … Still tallied eight goals for the club, and four assists … Was named to the MLS Best XI and was also a starter in the All-Star Game against Chelsea …  2005: Posted 10 goals and nine assists in 26 games, good for second best on the team scoring charts … His fourth-minute goal against Chicago in the Eastern Conference championship sent the Revolution to their second MLS Cup final … Collected a host of honors from MLS, including being named to the MLS Best XI and starting the All-Star game … Chosen as the MLS Player of the Month for April after scoring four goals and adding three assists in five games … 2004: Won MLS Rookie of the Year after a remarkable first season with the New England RevolutionPlayed in 24 of 30 games, finishing tied for third on the team with seven goals scored and fifth in points with 15 … Helped the Revolution advance to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to D.C. United 4-3 on penalty kicks … Earned his first appearance as a substitute in the 83rd minute on April 3 against L.A. … Started the first game of his MLS career, playing 90 minutes on April 17 vs. San Jose … Scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 12th minute against the MetroStars on April 25.



Full name is Clinton Drew Dempsey ... Nickname is “Deuce” … He and wife Bethany have two children, daughter Elysia and son Jackson … Son of Aubrey and Debbie Dempsey ... Fourth of five children … Loves fishing … Parents used to drive Clint to practice on a six-hour round trip to Dallas three times a week … A huge fan of hip-hop, he recorded his own single “Don’t Tread” in 2006 … Was a health and exercise science major at Furman.

College – As a three-year star at Furman at midfield and forward, he was in the top four on the team in scoring in each of his three years for the Paladins, finishing with 17 goals and 19 assists for 53 points in 62 games … During his time at Furman, he helped lead his team to a pair of Southern Conference titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the third round in 2002 and a top 10 national ranking … He was selected to the NSCAA Second Team All-America squad in 2002 and was an All-Southern Conference selection all three years, along with being a two-time NSCAA All-South region choice.

High School / Club – Is a 2001 graduate of Nacogdoches High School ... Led Nacogdoches to a combined 54-2-3 record over his last three seasons, which included three district championships ... Scored 55 goals and recorded 23 assists over his career at Nacogdoches ... Selected as team MVP and district MVP to the Academic All District team, the all-state team and was nominated as an All American as a senior ... Also earned all-district and academic all-district honors as a sophomore and a junior and all-state as a junior ... A member of the Dallas Texans club soccer program ... Led the Texans as their leading scorer and captain.
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