Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Dempsey Reflects on Fulham Debut
Deadspin, January 23rd, 2007 4:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

American soccer columnist David Hirshey scored an interview with Sunday Times columnist Brian Glanville and Fulham new boy Clint Dempsey while in London this past weekend. The topic of discussion, of course, was Fulham. When asked why the London club is so high on American players, Glanville answered: "They're cheap, they're available and they speak the language." He was unable to resist the urge of adding: "Unlike, say, Beckham." That, by the way, is probably about as close as you'll get to a complement of American soccer from a noted British columnist.

Later, Hirshey caught up with Dempsey, who had just made his ten-minute Fulham debut. He reported that "the level is higher and the speed of play is faster [in the EPL] than in the MLS. It's more comparable to the World Cup." He said it was particularly cool to hear jovial chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" from the north end of the stadium after his name was announced. His performance was good, too: after winning the ball in his own third, Dempsey carried it up field and laid off a back-heel to Michael Brown, who then played-in Fulham's American stalwart Brian McBride just outside the penalty box. McBride then unleashed a venomous left-footed volley that a Spurs defender deflected with his hand. The ensuing penalty was converted by Vincenzo Montella to put the Cottagers up 1-0.

Of course, it was disappointing to see 10-man Fulham surrender that lead with just a few minutes left, but at least Dempsey made a positive impression on manager Chris Coleman. Asked what his goals for the season are, the Deuce replied, "I just want to get fully fit and contribute. Considering that I haven't played since November, it felt good to get a run out." Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives