British soccer star is a Texan who looks to Heaven after each goal he scores

Clint Dempsey is one of two Americans ever to score in two World Cups. He's the only American to score an English Premier League hat trick. And he has a quiet ritual of a brother's eternal love.

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Dempsey broke records at Furman, then went on to play three seasons with MLS’s New England Revolution, where he bagged 25 goals, a

Rookie of the Year trophy and two MLS “Best XI” selections – in which the league honors the best 11 players of the year.

Finances eased when he signed with British powerhouse Fulham for $4 million, an MLS record. He scored his first goal for Fulham against arch-rival Liverpool, a last-second 1-0 winner that kept the game from going into overtime – sending fans into joyous pandemonium. Now he has led Fulham in scoring three different seasons. His 33 English Premier League goals are the most for any Fulham player ever – not to mention a Yank playing British soccer.

Dempsey after his historic U.S. goal tying England in the World Cup

He’s been the team’s Player of the Year and is tied for the longest-tenured player on the team with the legendary Simon Davies.

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“Dempsey,” writes ESPN soccer writer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens, “has developed into a highly physical, fearless and inexhaustible forward.”

In a recent U.S. game against Spain, notes Schaerlaeckens, “Dempsey was the only American capable of injecting some danger into the U.S. attack. Since he made the team in 2004, has made 72 appearances and scored 20 times. And, not coincidentally, the moments the U.S.

distinguishes itself coincide with Dempsey’s best games.

Airborne, Dempsey scores against Spain

“He was the one, for example, who threw his body headlong into a challenge with Algeria’s goalkeeper at the 2010 World Cup, allowing the ball to skip loose for Landon Donovan to sweep it into the net.

Only two Americans have ever scored in two different World Cups. One of them is Dempsey.

“You know what you’re going to get from him,” says U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra. “He’s somebody who you want on your team every time because he gives everything.”

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