2014 Major League Soccer
Clint Dempsey joined Fulham in January 2007 from New England Revolution after being granted a work permit. The Cottagers had tabled a bid of $4 million, then the largest amount ever offered for an MLS player and sold him for around £6 million to Tottenham in 2012.
A versatile player with good technical skill and the ability to run at defenders, Dempsey is a USA international who made his name in MLS with the Revolution. He caught the eye after a spectacular first season in which he played in 24 of 30 games and finished the season with seven goals scored and was named MLS Rookie of the Year for 2004.
After the 2006 World Cup, where he scored his side's only goal against Ghana, Dempsey won the highest individual honour in USA football when he was named Honda Player of the Year for 2006. Long rumoured to be keen on a move to Europe, he trained with PSV, who had USA international DaMarcus Beasley on their books, but didn't impress enough to warrant a move.
In August 2006, Charlton offered $1.5 million for the player, which was turned down by MLS, but it prompted Dempsey to state he would not be staying in the league once his contract expired at the end of 2007, regardless of salary.
Instead, he chose Fulham and played a key role in the Cottagers' escape from their relegation scrap in the 2007-08 season. Emerging as one of the club's top players, Dempsey's form helped the side to cement their place in the Premier League and was a key part of their run to the Europa League final in 2010 while also featuring highly in the Premier League's scoring tables.
At the end of 2011-12 he had his head turned by Liverpool and fell out with Fulham, before eventually choosing to move to Tottenham with seconds to spare in the transfer window.
Strengths: A great dribbler, Dempsey has excellent vision and provides chances for team-mates in the final third.
Weaknesses: Not the strongest of players, he sometimes does not have the impact on a game that his talent dictates.
Career high: Scoring important goals, particularly a stunning chip against Juventus, and helping Fulham to the final of the Europa League in 2010.
Career low: Failing to get a move to PSV after training with the club.
Style: Technical, creative, an attacking force on the flanks.
Quote: "The European success with Fulham was beyond anything we dared to imagine." Clint Dempsey. June 2010.
Trivia: Nicknamed 'Deuce', Dempsey fancies himself as a rapper and can be seen on YouTube strutting his stuff.
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