Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders FC
Real Name: Clint Drew Dempsey
HT: 6' 1" WT: 170
Designated Player
Age: 31 (03/09/1983)
Birthplace: Nacogdoches, TX
Hometown: Nacogdoches, TX


• Current captain of the U.S. National Team and seven-year veteran of the English Premier League
• Voted the 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, earning the honor for the second-consecutive time and third overall
• Made 213 appearances for Fulham and Tottenham in the English Premier League, setting the record for most goals scored (57) by an American in the EPL
• Began career with New England Revolution, earning MLS Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and MLS Best XI selection in 2005 and 2006
• Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. "Clint is a proven winner, a leader and a competitor who we believe will raise the bar for this organization on and off the field."

MLS Experience: 

2013: Made nine appearances and six starts for Seattle after signing as a Designated Player on August 3. Scored first Sounders FC goal in regular season finale, a 1-1 draw vs. LA (10/27). Recorded first club assist in 2-0 win vs. COL (10/30) in knockout round of MLS Cup Playoffs. Finished sixth on the team with 32 shots, averaging 4.42 shots per 90 minutes (led team). Made club debut in 2-1 win at TOR (8/10) when he came on in the 34th minute for an injured Obafemi Martins and finished with a team-high five shots. Made first start for Seattle in 3-1 loss at HOU (8/17). Introduced to Sounders FC fans during pregame ceremony of match vs. DAL (8/3). 

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 regular-season 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 Revolution … Played 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.

Professional Experience:

2012-13: Named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year for second-consecutive time and third overall … Moved to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the summer transfer window ... Scored seven goals with six assists in 29 league appearances … His first goal for the club was the game winner in a 3-2 win on Sep. 29 against Manchester United at Old Trafford … Made 16 league appearances to start the season, starting 12 and scoring four goals.

2011-12: Named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year for second time in career … Played every minute of every Premier League match with Fulham and started each game in the Europa League … Tallied 17 goals and six assists in all competitions … 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, surpassing Brian McBride … 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 campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with 12 tallies and a career-high 37 appearances in the Premier League, including 42 appearances 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 in league play 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 the season 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 … Tallied 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 supporters 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 … 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.

International Experience:

2013: Started all 10 appearances for USA in World Cup Qualifying, helping USMNT to a first-place finish in the Hexagonal. Went full 90 minutes in nine of 10 starts and finished with 899 minutes. Matched career-high with six international goals and added two assists. Scored lone goal for USA in 2-1 loss to Honduras (2/6). Scored 16th-minute winner in 1-0 win vs. Costa Rica (3/22). Recorded goals in back-to-back friendlies, first in 4-2 loss to Belgium (5/29) before recording a brace in 4-3 win vs. Germany (6/2). Earned 100th USMNT cap in 3-1 loss at Costa Rica (9/6) and tied the all-time lead with 13 goals in World Cup Qualifying. Second all-time in USMNT history with 36 goals, tied-eighth with 13 assists, and tied-10th with 101 caps. 

2012: Posted a career-high six goals, including five in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying ... Dempsey also recorded three game-winners, including the decisive goal in the historic 1-0 victory over 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 in the Send-Off Series.

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, 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.


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:

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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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2014Seattle Sounders FC26231521321011347341240
2013Seattle Sounders FC96165103274110
2006New England Revolution21218186546731412250
2005New England Revolution26261023199602746470
2004New England Revolution2423720241472550160
Career Totals-106994189912431913717540230
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