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Video: Clint Dempsey needs four minutes to ring in 2013 with a goal for Tottenham Hotspurs

Jan 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Clint Dempsey

You read it here first: Clint Dempsey simply cannot stop scoring in 2013!

After reasonable success over his first few months with Tottenham Hotspur, the U.S. international has rung in the New Year with his first goal at home for the North London club.

Dempsey entered in the 76th minute Tuesday – a full round of English Premier League games rang in the New Year for the world’s most-watched association – with Tottenham ahead of Reading, 2-1.

His first touch was a turn about 30 yards from goal. Never afraid of shooting or taking on defenders (audacity has always marked the man’s game), Dempsey aimed and shot toward Reading goal.

His shot took a quick deflection and then dropped in behind stranded goalkeeper Adam Federici. That was the final strike in Spurs’ 3-1 win.

It was an important strike; Reading was gaining momentum, having just missed on two swell chances to equalize at the other end.

This was Dempsey’s second consecutive appearance off the bench from manager Andre Villas-Boas; battling a groin injury recently, the Texas native also came in as a substitute in the club’s big weekend win at Sunderland.

Dempsey now has four goals for Spurs.


  1. Liviu Bird - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The guy is unstoppable. I look away from the screen for a minute after he comes into the game, thinking nothing important will happen until he at least has a proper warm-up. I really should have known better.

  2. Dan Haug - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    This is typical Dempsey. It demonstrates both his strength and his weakness. He had no business taking that shot. It was “hopeful” at best. Then he gets a lucky deflection and it drops into the goal over the keepers head.

    The US desperately needs a guy like Dempsey to take those shots that no one else on the team will take. At the same time, it’s maddening to see him make a poor decision like that (the same type of decision that makes him prone to dangerous give-ways in the midfield).

    I’d love to see Dempsey playing forward for the US, which would mitigate his weaknesses and maximize his strengths.

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