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Clint Dempsey becomes first American with EPL hat trick


Clint Dempsey became the first American soccer player to complete a hat trick in English Premier League play when he scored three times for Fulham in the second half of a 5-2 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

Dempsey, a 28-year-old striker who joined Fulham five years ago after becoming a Major League Soccer star with the New England Revolution, has reached several milestones this season in England.

The hat trick, which came in a 20-minute span on Saturday, gives Dempsey 52 goals in his career with Fulham. It also gives him a career-best 15 goals this campaign, surpassing last season's 13, and nine in EPL play this season.

"Luckily the ball kept going in," Dempsey said. "We never took our foot off the gas and we took our chances."

It was the second hat trick of the year for Dempsey, who performed the feat for Fulham on Jan. 7 in a 4-0 victory over Charlton in FA Cup play.

The scoring outburst comes one day after Dempsey was selected the American male athlete of the year by the U.S. Soccer Federation.


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Photo: Fulham striker Clint Dempsey reacts after scoring one of his three second-half goals against Newcastle on Saturday. Credit: Yui Mok / Associated Press

Clint Dempsey offers a toast to U.S.-Mexico soccer rivalry

Clint As soccer rivalries go, it doesn't get much better than the U.S. and Mexico -- at least not in this part of the world.

"I don't think you can get tired of playing against Mexico," says midfielder Clint Dempsey, who will lead the U.S. national team against Mexico in Saturday's Gold Cup final before a sellout crowd of more than 90,000 in the Rose Bowl. "The rivalry is great for soccer."

The two countries have combined to win nine of the previous 10 Gold Cups, with Mexico taking the last one, in 2009, and the U.S. winning three of the four before that. Saturday's winner earns a berth in the next Confederations Cup in Brazil, which will be held a year before the World Cup.

But although a lot of blood has been spilled over the years in what has become an emotional series, Dempsey says it's nothing personal. In fact, he's become a pitchman for Modelo Especial, one of Mexico's most popular beers. And the Texan sees nothing odd about that.

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