Clinton Drew "Clint" Dempsey /ˈdɛmpsi/ (born March 9, 1983) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) and has served as the captain of the United States national team. He has also played for New England Revolution, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.
Growing up in Nacogdoches, Texas, Dempsey played for one of the top youth soccer clubs in the state, the Dallas Texans, before playing for Furman University's men's soccer team. In 2004, Dempsey was drafted by MLS club New England Revolution, where he quickly integrated himself into the starting lineup. Hindered initially by a jaw injury, he eventually scored 25 goals in 71 appearances with the Revolution. Between 2007 and 2012, Dempsey played for Premier League club Fulham and is the clubs highest Premier League goalscorer of all time. Dempsey became the first American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, in the 5–2 win over Newcastle United in January 2012, and was voted as Fulham's 'Player of the Season' by fans twice. On August 31, 2012, Tottenham signed him for a fee of $9.6m, the highest amount for an American in the history of the sport. At Tottenham, Dempsey scored 12 goals across all competitions, making a total of 72 goals scored across all competitions for Premier League clubs. This is the most goals by an American in the Premier League, or any top league.
Dempsey first represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship and made his first appearance with the senior team on November 17, 2004, against Jamaica. He has earned over 130 caps and scored 52 international goals, making him the nation's fourth-most capped player and second top scorer of all time. He has represented the nation at four CONCACAF Gold Cups (winning two), helped them to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and played at three FIFA World Cups, becoming the first American male to score in three World Cups. Dempsey also holds the record for the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history. In November of 2016, he was placed by Fox Sports at number one on a list of the top 50 players in USMNT history.Close