CONCACAF Player of the Week: Clint Dempsey

Two more goals in MLS this weekend ran the USA captain's total to six in just three starts this season for Seattle.
CONCACAF Player of the Week
Clint Dempsey
AGE 31
POSITION Midfielder
Seattle Sounders

FC Dallas 2-3 Seattle Sounders

There were worries at the start of the season that Clint Dempsey had lost that spark. He moved back to MLS last summer and never got in step with the Sounders. His offseason loan to Fulham didn't go much better and even his national team performances, where he usually starred, were lackluster.

Those worries haven't persisted. "Dempsey continued to pull his Seattle team forward on Saturday night, scoring twice and playing his part in forcing and own goal for Seattle's other goal as the Sounders topped previously unbeaten FC Dallas," wrote Goal USA's Allen Ramsey. "His first goal was a stunning free kick and he grabbed the winner late after he, Obafemi Martins and Chad Barrett played a clever little sequence in and around the Dallas box."

"His two goals showed his range of skills," said Goal USA's Seth Vertelney, who also found the one-two with Barrett clever. "He also had a big part in Stephen Keel's own goal. Perhaps his finest moment didn't even end in a goal; his incredible turn and half volley from distance crashed off the bar."

Neither U.S. national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann nor Seattle Sounders boss Sigi Schmid ever showed any signs of giving up on Dempsey, and the 31-year-old is paying off that faith by showing he still has the skill that made him one of America's best exports.

Congratulations to Clint Dempsey, Goal's 18th CONCACAF Player of the Week winner!

  The Shortlist

Kevin Alston - NE Revolution

"Alston netted the winner for the Revolution against Houston on Saturday and had a solid game at left back, but that's not the whole story here. Alston had never scored a league goal for New England in five seasons, and had a forced leave of absence from the game in 2013 as he battled with Leukemia. On top of that the game against Houston was his return from a hamstring injury that had kept him out of action for the Revs' last four games, making this a storybook week for the defender." - Goal USA's Allen Ramsey

Tim Howard - Everton

With Everton eagerly eying a Champions League place, Howard made five saves to keep Sunderland from scoring and move the Toffees into the elusive fourth spot of the Premier League. He and the club are feeling mighy fine.

Miguel Layun - Club America

Mexico's left wingback wasted no time on Saturday, scoring in the first minute of a 1-0 victory over Puebla. That goal ended up being the game's lone tally, but Layun was the most dangerous player on the field with his consistent moves forward.

Keylor Navas - Levante

Levante actually lost 1-0 on a crushing stoppage time goal, but Navas' legend only continues to grow. He made three stops and earned praise from some in the Spanish press. The rumors of the Costa Rican No. 1 heading to a European giant after the World Cup aren't going away.