21 January, 2012

Dempsey Hat Trick

This morning, Clint Dempsey became the first American to score a hat trick in the Premier League, leading Fulham to a come-from-behind 5-2 win over Newcastle at Craven Cottage.

Danny Guthrie put Newcastle on top with a goal from distance in the 42nd minute, but Fulham's Danny Murphy converted a penalty kick following a foul by Davide Santon against Damien Duff in the 50th minute to tie the match 1-1. The rest was all Deuce. Tim Krul saved a shot from Fulham's Bobby Zamora, but Dempsey pounced on the rebound and put it in the net in the 58th minute. Then, Zamora found Dempsey with a pass into the penalty area that Dempsey converted in the 64th minute. Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul took down Andrew Johnson in the penalty area for Fulham's second penalty kick of the match, this one converted by Bobby Zamora in the 66th minute to put Fulham up 4-1. Newcastle got one back in the 84th minute from Hatem Ben Arfa, but then Dempsey scored his third goal of the match, and his third assist by Zamora, in the 88th minute.

Dempsey's first career hat trick placed him among a very short list of Americans who scored a hat trick for a top division side in Europe: Earnie Stewart (twice, Willem II, 1990-91), Eric Wynalda (Saarbrucken 1992), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen 2007), Charlie Davies (Hammarby 2007), and Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus 2010).

video: fox sports

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