Sunday, March 4, 2012
Another Match, Another Clint Dempsey Highlight Reel
The good times continue to roll for U.S. star Clint Dempsey in England as he scored twice in today's 5-0 thrashing by Fulham against Wolverhampton.
Dempsey scored his 11th and 12th goals of the EPL season (tying his career-high), both in the second half at Craven Cottage, helping Fulham to its third straight league victory.
After receiving a pass from teammate Danny Murphy, Dempsey made it 3-0 in the 56th minute by dribbling around Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
He rounded out the scoring and his incredible week with a goal in the 83rd minute off an assist from Mahamadou Diarra.
Fulham (9-9-9) is currently in eighth place in the EPL with 36 points. It doesn't look like they'll make the Europa League again (after playing in it last season) since they are 10 points behind No. 5 Chelsea.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Dempsey, who turns 29 on Friday, over the next few seasons. He's playing the best soccer of his life (21 goals in 2011/12 between Fulham and the U.S.) so you have to think that he'll go to a bigger club at some point. As Shimer pointed out, Arsenal could use him right now since he'd be the perfect help behind Robin Van Persie (currently the best striker in the world).
Regardless what happens, we have to enjoy Dempsey's season for Fulham since it is truly the greatest one ever for an American overseas. He scored the only goal on Wednesday to help the U.S. beat Italy for the first time ever and he wrapped up the week with a pair of goals in an EPL romp. It must always rule to be Clint Dempsey but particularly now. The guy is on fire everywhere he goes.