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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The humble, devout Catholic with “Psalm 23” tattooed on his arm is a sensation in the English Premier League, which doesn’t have a history of letting just any Yank show up and show them how the game is played.

But they love his trademark gift for “finishing,” then glancing at the sky, sometimes pointing heavenward …

As he remembers that pledge made as a 12-year-old to his big sister …

Who promised to be waiting in the net.

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Rob Kerby
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