Monday, April 9, 2012

♪ He scores with his left, he scores with his right ♫ (updated)

.... aaaaaand he does other stuff well, too. Fulham star man Clint Dempsey just went up the ladder on a corner kick to nod home the 1-1 equalizer with nine minutes left against visiting derby nemesis Chelsea. That makes 16 on the EPL season and 22 overall on the campaign.

UPDATE: It's a 1-1 final, and the clip has arrived from whence it came.

szólj hozzá: Chelsea vs Fulham 1:1 Dempsey

- Greg Seltzer


Jacob Klinger said...

That should revive your rightful goal campaign.

Greg Seltzer said...

The Dubious Goals Panel still has not met to rule on any goals scored in 2012. They have only gone up to Dec. 21, I believe.

Jacob Klinger said...

Yeah, unfortunately with this one it looked like it was going wide without the deflection. To say nothing against His Beastliness.

Greg Seltzer said...

It may have been, yeah, but it's rather hard to tell from that. Maybe he'll end up with both one taken away and one given.

UnitedDemon said...


Accurately describes Dempsey's goal.

Before the English do anything, I want them to look in the mirror and ask themselves, "What if Rooney had scored a tying goal against Chelsea in the dying minutes?"

That's a tough comparison for them to accept, but they should.

Brian B said...

Just saw this posted elsewhere, have yet to confirm accuracy.

"Dempsey is at 49 EPL goals in 180 appearances (6 years)

Giggs got his 50th in his 7th year and 235th appearance
Scholes got his 50th in his 8th year and over 200th appearance
Gerrard got his 50th in his 10th year and over 250th appearance
Lampard got his 50th in his 9th year and over 250th appearance"

jaredlaunius said...

Yeah, Darke and McManaman seemed pretty sure by match's end that this would be ruled an own goal. Tough one to give, if you ask me. It glanced off Cahill.

But hey: if – and this is obviously a big if – he keeps this one and has the hand-to-post-to-keeper's-back-to-net goal from last month, he'll be at 17 to tie Aguero for 3rd in the league.

DrewVT6 said...

No matter the ruling, Deuce out jumped all of Chelsea's hundred million-euro stars.

J.D. Springer said...

Anyone care to start speculating on Deuce's transfer fee when the summer window opens? I can't believe his market value will ever be higher if he finishes the campaign healthy.

Paul Poenicke said...

@ Brian B

I did a quick review of the stats quoted on Wikipedia. Generally, from what Wikipedia presents, what you are quoting seems correct: each of these potent, revered midfielders have an impoverished strike rate compared to Clint. Given the canyon of team talent enjoyed by the other greats you list, this is an even more astounding achievement.

This season is obviously the best an American has seen abroad. Could we reasonably argue that Clint has a solid case for being Premier League Player of the Season? He certainly should be on the short list for the award, along with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Tom said...

Paul: "Given the canyon of team talent enjoyed by the other greats you list, this is an even more astounding achievement."

You might argue the opposite, though, from the same data: the lack of attacking talent at Fulham has meant that he's been farther forward and more self-reliant than he'd have been at other teams. Put Scholes or Gerrard on Fulham for 6 years and their strike rates could conceivably climb to equal or outstrip CDs.

I'm not sure I believe that, but the data doesn't speak dispositively on this. Still, it is a flattering comparison!

Paul Poenicke said...

Tom, I think your argument has cogency, and, frankly, I don't think we can get a real answer without further information (e.g. general statistics about getting more scoring chances on a better team).

I could see arguing that while a paucity of talent allows Deuce to attack more frequently, or play further forward (in his first six years in the league, he probably played closer to the goal than the others he is being compared with), playing without other talented players might create less scoring chances for him per game. Playing on a less talented side also allows the defense to focus more on him and slide to areas Clint is moving from. Where is the sabermetrics for soccer when we need it?

Tom said...


Your points are all fair.

It is just really tough to compare across teams, even for players in similar lines.