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Dempsey's goal lifts Fulham over Juventus

American midfielder Clint Dempsey, who returned from a long-term knee injury last week, scored on a gorgeous chip from 19 yards to cap Fulham's sensational comeback victory over Juventus in the Europa League.

With U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley in attendance at Craven Cottage in London, Dempsey entered in the 71st minute and scored about 11 minutes later to provide a 4-1 victory and a 5-4 aggregate advantage in the round-of-16 series.

Juventus won the first leg, 3-1, and extended the overall lead in the second minute on David Trezeguet's goal. After Bobby Zamora tied it, the Italians were left with 10 men on Fabio Cannavaro's red card in the 27th minute. Zoltan Gera scored in the 39th and 49th minutes before Dempsey's heroics. Juventus received a second red card in stoppage time.

Watch the goal here and here and here (for as long as the copyright gods allow it).

By Steve Goff  |  March 18, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad , England  
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gorgeous. sounds like that was a fun game to watch.

Posted by: VTUnited | March 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Nicer video here (courtesy of @ussoccer on twitter):
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcmncu_100318-ful_school

Posted by: crynyd | March 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

makes me cry every time, just like with looking at a van gogh or in hearing pavarotti

Posted by: alespar415 | March 18, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Did I say WOW yet?

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"This is an absolutely brilliant goal by Dempsey. He finds the angle. He takes the account of everything in the universe into consideration there."

Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Must be nice to never have to pick up a bar tab in West London the rest of your life after that goal.

Posted by: IamAM | March 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Add this one with the goal he scored on a full volley a couple months ago and you really have a highlight reel. Plus this was a game winner (home/away goals).

Messi eat your heart out. LOL

Posted by: stephen_james2 | March 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Must be nice to never have to pick up a bar tab in West London the rest of your life after that goal.

Posted by: IamAM | March 18, 2010 4:37 PM

Unless he walks a mile north to Shepherds Bush or a mile east to Stamford Bridge

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"This is an absolutely brilliant goal by Dempsey. He finds the angle. He takes the account of everything in the universe into consideration there."
Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2010 4:34 PM

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Definitely shook my head at that bit.

Posted by: crynyd | March 18, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I believe that today both Bradley and Capello were in the house . . . I mean the Cottage.

Yo Fabio, check it out!

Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey has some cajones for even attempting a goal like that, but to pull it off in that setting to knock out Juventus????

That is AMAZING!

Posted by: Golden_Child | March 18, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

i said wow. out loud. and somebody in the office turned around and asked what was so incredible and i had to play it off like i was reading some really interesting, totally work related email or something.

in other words, it was a really nice goal.

Posted by: stairs | March 18, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

That stinks stairs, i got to run around my house screaming like a crazy man for a good two minutes. What a goal, he is a Legend.

Posted by: pino149 | March 18, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

rest of his life? after he does that June 12 he's going to need a bodyguard in London.

Posted by: troy6 | March 18, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey's good enough to play for Murray State!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 18, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Must be nice to never have to pick up a bar tab in West London the rest of your life after that goal.

Posted by: IamAM | March 18, 2010 4:37 PM

Unless he walks a mile north to Shepherds Bush or a mile east to Stamford Bridge

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2010 4:39 PM

OK, then, he's free for life in the Harrods Food Court.

Posted by: IamAM | March 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This is the best news I've heard all day. Not only is he fit enough to play in a competitive match, he's got his scoring touch. Glad he's on our side!

"Oh how I want to be in that number, when The Yanks go marching in!"

Posted by: WorldCup | March 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

If Capello was there, he may have had some interest in scouting Dempsey, but he was probably there mostly to see Zamora. I wonder if Bobby Z will finally get the call from England. I was kinda hoping he'd have to play for T&T....

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

A Lille player just missed a golden chance to knock out Liverpool. Only Reina between him and the goal and he somehow let the cross bounce right by him without touching it. Less than a minute later, Torres scores the clincher for the Reds.

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Ivan Carter actually talked about DCU beating Toronto, and him and his guests gave a little shout out to the CBA negotiations and urged them to "Get a Deal Done Already!". I know it's not much, but it is a little something that they actually showed the replay of Jaime's goal from last night...

Oh yeah! and the Dempsey goal was sick. Sorry I missed it live.
Legend yet?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 18, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

A still much better quality clip (though, no Ray Hudson, alas):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeL1DXp-PuU&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Is Dempsey sporting a shiner?

Posted by: glfrazier | March 18, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

fischy, Lille ain't enough.

Posted by: Reignking | March 18, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

OK, then, he's free for life in the Harrods Food Court.
Posted by: IamAM | March 18, 2010 5:30 PM

:-)

Posted by: Kev29 | March 18, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Dempsey sporting a shiner?

Posted by: glfrazier
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I think he just needs some more sun and B12. He's starting to look a little like Marc Bolan from T. Rex in the old days.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Toronto is expanding BMO field, with some new stands on the north end. They promise to maintian the "Carlsberg Patio" there, and add a couple of barbeque locations. Sounds nice. DCU should think about doing something like this with their stadium....Oops.

Well, anyway, it shows some optimism in the future of MLS.

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Dempsey definitely has a black eye. Speculate all you want about John Terry....

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey had to score a goal like that to justify his lavender-colored shoes.

Posted by: hungrypug | March 18, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

cracking goal...the goalie's expression is priceless

Posted by: jnel | March 18, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally saw the goal. It was good. Not as fantastic as I expected. EPLsnobs!

Posted by: Reignking | March 18, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey scoring wonder goals, Davies back at training, Donovan the toast of Liverpool (part of it, anyway). if Gooch can come back and play well soon, there may be no limit to my optimism over the next 3 months.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | March 18, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"He doesn't have to look because he knows the goalpost ain't moving."

Great goal! Love it!

Posted by: Cerealman | March 18, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

You have to wonder if Dempsey was thinking about when the US was down to 9 men against Italy in the WC.

True class and I still think (as well as the Castrol player rankings) that he is the best American field player in Europe.

Donovan has had a few great games, Dempsey has had a few great seasons.

Posted by: Southeasterner | March 18, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey has some cajones for even attempting a goal like that

You mean "cojones". Cajones are drawers or boxes.

Posted by: BooThisMan | March 18, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

dempsey,
tiene(has) un cajon-load of cojones. hehe

Posted by: alespar415 | March 18, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope this ends the debate. The US Team goes as far as Dempsey leads them. Not Donovan!

Posted by: harkes4ever | March 18, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

OT: I finally got around to doing the Sunday NYT crossword. There was a clue involving MLS.

Soccer America reports that Landon Donovan is standing fourquare with the union. As I recall, a few people speculated on this blog that he may have been one of the two votes against authorizing a strike. Apparently not.

It looks as if there is actually a real contest at that distaff U17 tournament in Costa Rica, for a change.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 18, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"OT: I finally got around to doing the Sunday NYT crossword. There was a clue involving MLS."

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Dude -- You needed to put out a spoiler alert... Goal-oriented grp., indeed.

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

U17 match goes to PKs after scoreless regulation and overtime.

CAN 1 1 1 1 1
USA 1 1 0 1 X

Canada advances to the finals.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 18, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"And you know they're dancing in the streets in Canada right now." FSC talker

I didn't know that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

"This is an absolutely brilliant goal by Dempsey. He finds the angle. He takes the account of everything in the universe into consideration there." - Ray Hudson

After berating Dempsey a couple of times earlier in the game and generally giving no props to Fulham despite how well they played.

Posted by: jake77 | March 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Why were the USA and Canada meeting in the semis rather than the championship game?

Posted by: universityandpark | March 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

@NAMOFF on Twitter: "It's going to be a looooong night"

Posted by: crynyd | March 18, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant goal. Nice to hear Ray Hudson's color on a Yank. Can't wait to watch the match, sounds like it was a good one.

Posted by: peridigm | March 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Props to Mark Rogondino. Assigned by Fox to call a game of high school girls, in Costa Rica, on opening night of March Madness. Not a human in the stands who's not a blood relative of a player. TV audience may number in the hundreds (including a few Insider loyalists, apparently). Calling the game by himself. And it goes to double overtime and PKs. And he keeps it moving along with interest. Well done.

Bummer for the US girls. Alex Doll is still top notch all the way, absolutely first rate. Canada is cynical and boring. And advancing.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I hear Lawson Vaughn is gone.

Posted by: redskinsux | March 19, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

What does everyone think the consequence should be for blowing off curfew on the USMNT?

Posted by: GeneWells | March 19, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey did what all scorers of great goals do; he used instinct, guile and impetuousness to leave the keeper stranded in amazement. Demps needs to discover that consistency to move on to the next level.

Posted by: juke2 | March 19, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey's goal reminds me of...me. :D

I scored on a chip from that angle and almost the same spot in rec league play last year in my first game coming off a lengthy injury. I believe it was my first touch of the game. Of course the only people watching were those involved in the game or on the sidelines.

For Dempsey the stakes were a wee bit higher. Still I know from my own experience that day last year, how good that must have felt. And with the coach watching no less!

Posted by: cmjhawk86 | March 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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