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Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Date of Birth:Mar 9, 1983 (Age 31)
Place of Birth:Texas
Nationality:United States
Height:185 cm.
Weight:77 Kg.
Position:Striker
Squad Number:2
National Team Page: United States
USA ace Clint Dempsey puts European Champions Spain out of the Confederations Cup with his strike in a 2-0 win in the semi-final
Clint Dempsey - A fairly unheralded youth product, Dempsey never made much of an impact on the youth national teams for the USA. It wasn't until his breakout rookie season with the New England Revolution that Dempsey first started really catching the eye of American soccer fans. His flashy play and unique celebrations made Dempsey an instant fan favourite in New England and caught the eye of then national team manager Bruce Arena. Though he did little during the qualifying campaign, Dempsey was selected as a member of the team that travelled to Germany in 2006. He burst onto the scene in the USA's second match with a standout performance against Italy and then capped his impressive World Cup by scoring a thunderous strike against Ghana. It was the USA's only goal of the competition.

Since that time, the man known as 'Deuce' has found his feet in the English Premier League, leading Fulham in scoring two years ago and finishing as joint leader in league goals last season. Playing primarily as a winger but also spending time on the forward line, Dempsey's success in England has not been easy. Roy Hodgson is the third manager the midfielder has played under in his short English stint, and with each manager the American was forced to re-earn his spot in the starting eleven, leaving some to question his abilities each time. But Dempsey has persevered and is now one of the first names on Hodgson's team sheet when fit.

Since 2006, Dempsey has also become one of the leaders on the U.S. National Team. As one of the few Americans with creative ability and a knack for scoring goals, Dempsey has been asked to carry a large load for the U.S., but for the most part has lived up to the expectations. The former MLS Rookie of the Year added to his award list with a Bronze Ball for his stellar play at the 2009 Confederations Cup and was recently named as a Premier League Best XI player by La Gazzetta dello Sport, a rare honour for a U.S. player.


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Though often criticized for his production with the USA, Dempsey's goal scoring rate is actually higher for country (17 goals in 59 appearances) than it is for club (20 goals in 102 appearances). Dempsey family travelled three hours each way from their home in Nacogdoches, Texas for him to make practices in Dallas as a youth player.


Awards:



MLS Rookie of the Year: 2004
Honda USA Player of the Year: 2006
MLS Best XI: 2005, 2006
US Soccer Athlete of the Year: 2007
Confederation Cup Bronze Ball: 2009

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