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Clint Dempsey scores 50th international goal

Clint Dempsey scored his 50th international goal with an early penalty kick against Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

After Bobby Wood was shoved over from behind by Christian Gamboa, Dempsey stepped up from the spot and sent Patrick Pemberton the wrong way to make it 1-0 in the ninth minute. The 33-year-old reached the milestone on his 126th cap.

Dempsey's 50th goal came at Soldier Field, which was also the site of his first international strike. The Texas native scored in the USA's 2-1 loss to England on May 28, 2005 to open his international account.

“You know where you kind of are in terms of the goals you score for the team. It’s good to be part of that club of getting to 50 goals," Dempsey told reporters after the match. "The most important thing is that we got the win tonight, we’re still alive in this tournament and we’ve got one more game. We’ve got to get the job done to try and get out of this group.”

With the goal, Dempsey became only the second American to reach 50 international goals. The Seattle Sounders man trails Landon Donovan by seven goals, as the LA Galaxy legend has the most all-time U.S. tallies with 57.  

The U.S. would go on to a comfortable 4-0 win on the night, with Dempsey adding a pair of assists after his goal.