Dempsey Becomes Second Ever to Score 50 Goals for the USMNT

USMNT AWAY JERSEY DEMPSEY

by Deny Gallagher

In the build up to Tuesday night’s game, there was talk of benching veteran Clint Dempsey after a less-than-stellar outing against Colombia.

On Tuesday night, the Texan scored the side’s first goal of the Copa America Centenario, which just happens to be his 50th career goal in U.S. Soccer uniform.

With the tally, the artist commonly known as Deuce became just the second player in USMNT history to eclipse the 50-goal mark. The only other previous player to do so was Landon Donovan. Pretty good company for the Furman product and former New England Revolution castoff, turned international superstar following impressive showings at each of the last three World Cups.

“It feels good, especially when I started off with the National Team as a defensive midfielder and played a lot of the time out wide,” Dempsey told ESPN following Tuesday night’s match. “Being able to contribute and play for your country, and make an impact is always special.”

While the milestone is significant, the penalty kick in the ninth minutes may be the catalyst for any sort of the run that the Americans may make over the duration of this tournament.

“Just getting that first goal really kind of opened things up,” said Dempsey. “When we were down against Colombia, you kind of start forcing things. Tonight I felt like once we scored the goal, our pass selection was better; it was more free flowing. People took better advantage of chances and were able to get the goals.”

With the Group A finale approaching on Saturday, Clint Dempsey and company will look to continue their current run of form and get three points against Paraguay in Philadelphia.

“It is important to have character,” said Dempsey. “It is important to know what’s going on, even when there is chaos outside of the team. We know what we have, we know that we are still alive in the tournament. But the work is not done, we still have to get the job done the next game.”