Furman product Dempsey lifts US to World Cup win

clintdempseyFormer Furman soccer standout Clint Dempsey, the captain of the United States Men’s National Team,, scored just 34 seconds into the team’s 2-1 World Cup opener over Ghana in  Natal, Brazil on Monday.

After the United States won a throw-in just seconds into the match in the attacking end, Jermaine Jones delivered a pass to free Dempsey down the left side. The former Paladin midfielder darted to the left before cutting inside his defender with the ball at his feet and firing a left-footed strike that ricocheted off of the far post and into the back of the net.

The goal was the fastest ever by an American in World Cup play, sixth fastest in the history of the World Cup and made Dempsey the first American to ever score at three World Cup finals. The U.S. scored the game-winner on a late John Brooks header.

Ghana equalized with under 10 minutes remaining, but the United States found the game-winning goal from another Furman connection in the final moments.  Graham Zusi, the brother of former Furman women’s soccer standout Meaghan Zusi, swung a corner kick into the box in the 86th minutes and Brooks headed past the keeper to give the U.S. a 2-1 win.

Following the match, Dempsey, who scored versus Ghana during the 2006 World Cup and against England at the 2010 World Cup, received Man of the Match honors. He will lead the United States against Portugal on Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN in Manaus, Brazil.

This summer’s World Cup marks the third for Dempsey.  A member of the Furman Athletics Hall of Fame and Southern Conference Hall of Fame, Dempsey joined the United States National Team in November of 2004 and helped his team qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, where he netted his first goal on the world’s biggest soccer stage in a loss to Ghana.

Four years later, Dempsey helped the U.S. engineer a return trip through World Cup qualifying to the finals in South Africa.  The versatile midfielder and forward scored the game-tying goal in a group match versus England to help the American side advance to the knockout stage for the first time since 2002.

A three-time U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year selection, Dempsey has scored 38 times for his country in 106 matches.  With his 2010 goal versus England, he became just the second American to score in multiple World Cup tournaments.

Photo courtesy of USA Soccer

Comments

comments

Braves blast past Sharks, win Battle of Highway 707

Braves blast past Sharks, win Battle of Highway 707The Socastee High football team showed it can rebound from [more]

Chiefs come out swinging for quick TKO of Camden

Chiefs come out swinging for quick TKO of CamdenThe No. 2-ranked North Myrtle Beach High football team scored [more]

Saints win another thriller, set program victory mark

Saints win another thriller, set program victory markFor the second consecutive week, the Christian Academy of Myrtle [more]

Panthers excel in all three phases in rout over Lions

Panthers excel in all three phases in rout over LionsThe Carolina Forest High football team bounced back in a [more]

Lady Chants rally to down Troy in double overtime

Lady Chants rally to down Troy in double overtimeThe Coastal Carolina women's soccer team had a flair for [more]

Seahawks shock Tigers, keep Victory Bell in MB

Seahawks shock Tigers, keep Victory Bell in MBIn the long, rich rivalry of the Battle of the [more]

Photo Gallery: MB claims Battle of the Victory Bell

Photo Gallery: MB claims Battle of the Victory BellMyrtle Beach stunned No. 5 Conway 13-12 on Thursday night [more]

Volleyball: Panthers, Saints, Seahawks net region wins

Volleyball: Panthers, Saints, Seahawks net region winsThe Carolina Forest volleyball team completed a clean sweep of [more]

Socastee stays perfect in region play at midpoint

Socastee stays perfect in region play at midpointThe Socastee High girls tennis team captured its 10th win [more]

Week 6 Previews & Picks: Sharks, Braves try to reply

Week 6 Previews & Picks: Sharks, Braves try to replyThe Battle of the Victory Bell rings into action one [more]

Golf: Sharks target future; Panthers knock off Braves

Golf: Sharks target future; Panthers knock off BravesHow good is the St. James girls golf program? Good [more]

White goes from goat to hero in Coastal's OT win

White goes from goat to hero in Coastal's OT winSenior Wes White took a loose ball and found the [more]

MB tennis, volleyball rule the net in sweep of Tigers

MB tennis, volleyball rule the net in sweep of TigersThe Myrtle Beach High girls tennis and volleyball teams dominated [more]

Socastee boys, NMB girls take second at XC meet

Socastee boys, NMB girls take second at XC meetFive Grand Strand area cross country teams hit the ground [more]

Tennis: Braves, Saints net big wins over region rivals

Tennis: Braves, Saints net big wins over region rivalsThe Socastee High girls tennis team delivered an impressive 1-2 [more]

Volleyball: Panthers, Saints, Sharks sweep region foes

Volleyball: Panthers, Saints, Sharks sweep region foesIn a showdown for first place in Region 6-5A standings, [more]

Golf: Braves top Warriors; Tigers, Chiefs battle Aynor

Golf: Braves top Warriors; Tigers, Chiefs battle AynorThe Conway and North Myrtle Beach girls golf teams narrowly [more]

MB's Edwards, SJ's White finalize college decisions

MB's Edwards, SJ's White finalize college decisions  A pair of recent Grand Strand Sports Report Athlete of [more]

Chanticleers, Gamecocks meet in '18 season opener

Chanticleers, Gamecocks meet in '18 season openerThe Coastal Carolina University football team will open the 2018 [more]

Villanueva becomes latest ex-Pelican to make majors

Villanueva becomes latest ex-Pelican to make majorsFormer Myrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Christian Villanueva made his major [more]

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West Brunswick

Lady Chiefs sweep season series vs. West BrunswickThe North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team made sure that [more]

CCU golf fourth, Obecny second at VCU Shootout

CCU golf fourth, Obecny second at VCU ShootoutThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot a 3-under par [more]

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot Invitational

St. James takes runner-up at Lady Patriot InvitationalThe St. James High girls golf team went toe-to-toe with [more]

Photos: No TDs but loads of fun at Panthers' debut

Photos: No TDs but loads of fun at Panthers' debutA sellout crowd enjoyed the Carolina Panthers' 2017 home opener [more]

Lady Chants bounce back to claim first Sun Belt win

Lady Chants bounce back to claim first Sun Belt winCoastal Carolina women's soccer team got back in the win [more]

Braves blast past Sharks, win Battle of Highway 707

Braves blast past Sharks, win Battle of Highway 707The Socastee High football team showed it can rebound from [more]

Chiefs come out swinging for quick TKO of Camden

Chiefs come out swinging for quick TKO of CamdenThe No. 2-ranked North Myrtle Beach High football team scored [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach