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May 28, 2005 – Clint Dempsey scores first international goal

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Clinton Drew Dempsey — named after the Man With No Name, Clint Eastwood  — was 22 years old and in his second season with the New England Revolution when he established himself among the starting candidates for the U.S. national team. Dempsey has gone on to captain the USMNT, totaling 56 goals, second to Landon Donovan (57) on the all-time list.

May 28, 2005 – U.S. 1:2 England at Soldier Field, Chicago

Dempsey began his professional career as a Revolution holding midfielder in 2004. In the second month of the ’04 season, Revolution coach Steve Nicol switched to a 3-5-2 alignment; two weeks later, with Taylor Twellman absent, Dempsey made his first start at forward, paired with Pat Noonan.

In ’05, the Revolution began the season with an 11-game (7-0-4) unbeaten streak, Dempsey missing two games while on international duty. Dempsey returned to the Revolution, playing midfield (Noonan paired with Khano Smith up front) in a 2-0 win at Kansas City June 11, 2005.

Dempsey totaled 25 goals in 71 regular-season games for the Revolution before moving on a 3 million transfer to Fulham FC. Deuce has played for four teams, totaling 142 goals in 453 professional appearances, and generating €17.3 million in transfer fees, according to Chris Aduama photo


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