Dempsey braces Fulham to victory

Clint Dempsey 13 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Fulham snapped its five-game winless streak on Saturday, and Clint Dempsey was the player to lift the club to victory.

Fulham defeated Wigan Athletic, 2-0, through two first-half goals from Dempsey. The U.S. international, who played all 90 minutes in the win, headed home a Carlos Salcido cross in the 30th minute before knocking another in with a one-time finish just before halftime.

The two goals bring Dempsey's total to four in the Premiership campaign.

Fellow American striker Eddie Johnson did not dress for the match.

If you haven't seen the goals, here they are:

What did you think of Dempsey's brace? Impressed more by his first or second goal? Did you have to adjust your eyes as Dempsey and Salcido embraced?

Share your thoughts below.

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56 Responses to Dempsey braces Fulham to victory

  1. wally says:

    where’s the clip?

  2. Anonymous Coward says:

    The Mexican Salcido has been solid for Fulham all year. Seeing him and Dempsey celebrate together is very disturbing.

  3. Eugene says:

    With all the criss-crossing of US and Mexico players, we’re more like brothers now than rivals.

  4. Machista Gay says:

    I know, you saw that Mexico US love lol

    I even cheer for Marquez as a Redbulls fan now, so wierd…

    Best part of Dempsey’s goals was that he went and thanked the distributors instead of other alternative celebrations….

  5. Lil'Zeke says:

    Nope, hating each other like Hatfields and McCoys is disturbing. Hopefully this is the new normal as players from these two insular countries start to experience the rest of the world a bit.

  6. Joe B. NYC says:

    I agree. If Argentine & Brazilian players are cool with each other when they’re in Europe, why not Americans & Mexicans?

  7. Jason says:

    Awesome goals! Dempsey is really coming into his own now as a striker!

    I think it is great that the salcido and Dempsey are linking up so well this season. We are neighbors and from the same concacaf association, so it’s good to see.

  8. ec says:

    Not a cheap goal out of the lot. Salcido adds a ton to Fulham when he attacks like he did today, I want to see Fulham do well, and Salcido is more than welcome to set Deuce up for more goals.

  9. Tim says:

    I think there is a lot of respect between the American and Mexican players. A lot of hate mixed in as well though lol

  10. Derek says:

    Awesome goals, but still weird to see Salcido and Clint. The US and Mexican fans talk trash during USA Mexico games, but it’s all friendly. I suppose the hate was always their problem and not our.

  11. smokedgouda says:

    Clint!

  12. Tim says:

    Salcido was a great buy for only 2 million pounds. Not too much of a difference between him and Konchesky. Salcido definitely has transitioned clubs much more fluidly than Konch.

  13. apmgtv says:

    Salcido and Clint were likely having some words in Espanyol after that first golazo.

    Ole’!

  14. Second City says:

    Deuce yet again proving his worth and value to a new manager

  15. Fred Garvin says:

    I wish Altidore, Donovan, Onyewu, Adu, etc.. would celebrate more with Mexicans

  16. Eurosnob says:

    Fred, I am not sure if there are any Mexican’s on their teams, but Altidore celebrated his goal with Spanish and Brazilian players last week.

  17. SwerveZ says:

    Simply awesome! Love the Mexican/USA love as well. Really cool stuff. We can root against each other when we’re playing each other, but I always root for Mexico when we’re not playing them. Clint’s header was sharp off that cross!

  18. Fred Garvin says:

    maybe Arizonan’s can learn from Clint?

  19. Smirking Kitten says:

    Fantastic goals by Dempsey. With five goals this season already, I think it’s time he permanently moved to the forward position for both club and country.

    In regard to the Dempsey-Salcido embrace, I would be far more disturbed if it involved other Mexican players like Blanco or Marquez. As far as I know, Salcido has done nothing to deserve the hatred of all USMNT fans (besides being a Mexican soccer player, of course).

  20. Illmatic74 says:

    It could happen with Altidore there are rumors of Villarreal interested in Dos Santos.

  21. Nick in Tucson says:

    Maybe you can start learning that passing any international border without a passport is illegal? Why you have to bash AZ when they’re just enforcing a law that has been around in this country for hundreds of years?

    On topic, nice to see Duce scoring again, but ALL of his goals have come the day after I drop him from my fantasy team. Happened 3 times already. I dropped him yesterday because he hasn’t scored in a few weeks, and I wake up to him scoring 2 goals. Damnit.

  22. Fred Garvin says:

    Thank god.. I’m all for Altitode celebrating more goals!! Do you think he should check Dos Santos’ passport for the right visa stamp before accepting crosses?

  23. Slyboy says:

    I was trying to avoid all the politics flying around, but I can’t. It is the the LAW i have a problem with, enforcing the borders is not the problem. If I am stopped in Arizona for any sort of “crime” I can be asked for my residency papers “because” of the suspicion that would arise because i happen to be a dark latino construction worker, never mind the fact that my family has been in the country for over 80 years, and we are just as integral to the fabric of this country. If people from Arizona can’t see why that would be horribly insulting then i for one will not visit Arizona on my way to Texas to visit family like i normally would.

  24. Illmatic74 says:

    Personally I root for Mexican players…when they are not playing for Mexico.

  25. Illmatic74 says:

    I think Dos Santos plays like a Brazilian. Like most Brazilian players his game is not really suited for the Premier League there games are more suited for La Liga or Serie A. I think Dos Santos would excel for any La Liga team not named Barcelona or Real Madrid.

  26. Kejsare says:

    Unfortunately Nick, Arizona does not have the authority to enforce something that is an enumerated power of Congress. Art I, Sec 8. They CAN, however, detain an individual for some other crime other than their status in America and notify the Feds of his status. Otherwise, this is not a state’s rights issue.

    You may endorse the ‘help’ AZ is giving to the Feds, but it is ultimately not their authority to stop illegal immigration frankly.

  27. SeattleStan says:

    Donovan loves Mexico, he’s trying to sneak down there all the time to play the lottery.

  28. Fred Garvin says:

    ALtidore should go out tonight for halloween dressed as Dracula. He needs get over his fear of the cross and score more golasos en EspaƱa..
    Si?

  29. HoBo says:

    shaking my head……. :/

  30. MiamiFCduros says:

    All time American scorer in The EPL/1 division history?

  31. akd says:

    Agreed. It’s sad the amount of finishers that appear to think it’s all them, and never seem to thank the person who gave them the service.

  32. Neruda says:

    arizonans sure can learn from clint, by growing up to be international soccer players and help the US win more WC matches. That would be great!

  33. Neruda says:

    Hellyes! love Duece, he’s doing wonders for my fantasy team.

  34. KEvin_Amold says:

    “If I am stopped in Arizona for any sort of “crime” I can be asked for my residency papers “because” of the suspicion that would arise because i happen to be a dark latino construction worker, never mind the fact that my family has been in the country for over 80 years, and we are just as integral to the fabric of this country.”

    Oy vey.

  35. Daniel says:

    I think Mexicans and Americans fans hate each other more than the players. For players is just an important game and move on after the end.

  36. Scott A says:

    Two fantastic finishes..

  37. phil says:

    word up Zeke-ino

  38. beachbum says:

    it depends, I’d say, on the fans and the players. No way to convince me Marquez does not hate the USMNT…it’s not like he doesn’t want you to know.

  39. beachbum says:

    seeing the two embrace, it is a trip, but it’s moving too, seeing the mutual respect; they know they can help each other and the team and they MUST work together…and can, evidently. pretty cool to watch this happening with the two of them.

    like SmirkingKitten is saying

    and great balls sent into him, and great finishes!

  40. Tim says:

    I vomited in my mouth a little bit with Dempsey and Salcido head to head…kinda of scary.

    Very fitting considering its Halloween though

  41. Gulati knows nothing about football says:

    i wish onyewu and adu could play. onyewu anywhere and adu someplace that will let him play to his strengths and not try to make him a 4-4-2 wide midfielder.

  42. Gulati knows nothing about football says:

    well he’s part Brazilian i think.

  43. wally says:

    Thanks for posting the vid Ives/Franco!

  44. wally says:

    I wonder what’s going to become of adu..what does he do next.. reality tv? i worry he’ll be the subject of a sad “behind the music” like vh1 segment one day.

  45. bryan says:

    great goals. im fine with the embrace.

  46. huricano says:

    Salcido is quality. Dempsy is our best player. Its good for the region. What the U.S. needs is to match Mex. in U’23 goal scoring talent. Fulham are UEFA cup contenders, especially if the sign Roque Santa Cruz.

  47. ANM says:

    Still McBride by far according to wikipedia, although I’m not sure what percentage of goals came from cup competitions.

  48. ThaDeuce says:

    I think the 2nd goal is better because of the pace of the cross and the superb placement. Super awesome for both goals though, great for Deuce!

  49. Dainja says:

    man. the more I see Clint score, the more depressed I get. No, not that I don’t like him, he’s my favorite player! (another hiphop loving Texan. haha) Its just that DAMN…why couldn’t Bradley see his skill as a stiker instead of the god-awful Findley experiment at forward in the World Cup?? Not only would Dempsey have converted more opportunities than Windley (no typo), but it would’ve gotten Holden on the field more. siiiigh.

  50. Joe Hamilton says:

    The constitution doesn’t prohibit agents of the states from enforcing their laws and asking suspected criminals their immigration status. Nor does the constitution permit foreign governments such as Mexico from having veto power over whether US Federal law is enforced

  51. Joe Hamilton says:

    Arizona is not usurping an enumerated Federal power. It’s agents are not prohibited from determining whether someone is in the country illegally.

  52. rick says:

    F%&# yeah!

  53. new england devolution says:

    “Best part of Dempsey’s goals was that he went and thanked the distributors instead of other alternative celebrations….”

    I agree with that. Team player.

  54. BSkillz says:

    +1
    I agree. It shows that CONCACAF is not a joke.

  55. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

    TRU!