Dempsey opens Tottenham account with game winner against Manchester United

Clint Dempsey Spurs (Getty Images)

Another big game, another goal for Clint Dempsey.

Tottenham Hotspur ended their long winless streak at Old Trafford that dates back to 1989 on Saturday, and it was Dempsey who provided the decisive finish in Spurs' 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

Dempsey opened his Tottenham scoring account early in the second half by knocking home a rebound seconds after a Nani goal had trimmed Spurs' lead. United scored shortly after to make things interesting again, but they never found a response to Dempsey's tally.

The goal was Dempsey's biggest contribution in a 70-minute outing in which he put in a lot of work defensively but was relatively quiet offensively. Dempsey did a lot of hustling on defense to help stymie United's stacked attack but it was not until he found the back of the net in the 52nd minute that his impact was really felt.

Here's the goal:


What do you think of Dempsey scoring the winner over Man Utd? Impressed with Spurs' win? Think this will help Dempsey go on a tear?

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87 Responses to Dempsey opens Tottenham account with game winner against Manchester United

  1. MiamiAl says:

    The Clintoris strikes! Well done! AVB is already being rewarded for his smart signing!

  2. RNG says:

    Dempsey’s greatest gift– his sense of positioning. He has a great feel for being in the right place at the right time. Way to score, CD2…

  3. mo salama says:

    mo salama, right place, right tim

  4. Drew says:

    As a Spurs fan, I’m excited Dempsey is off the mark. I’m not sure if this will help Dempsey go “on a tear.” He’s played well during every Spurs appearance I’ve seen, the ball just fell for him this time, a lot through his own making – finding space and being in a threatening position when Bale made his run.

    As far as Spurs as a whole goes, I’m impressed and I’m unimpressed at the same time. Winning at Old Trafford is an impressive achievement for any visiting team, and in the first half, Spurs looked absolutely dominant. Then halftime happened, Rooney came on, and in the second half United played on another level entirely. On the balance of the entire game, I would say both teams could feel they deserved to win.

  5. GW says:

    It can’t hurt.

  6. Nano says:

    And so it begins…

  7. HoboMike says:

    A winner over Man U is a winner over Man U!

  8. Jack says:

    “work defensively but was relatively quiet offensively. Dempsey did a lot of hustling on defense to help stymie United’s stacked attack but it was not until he found the back of the net in the 52nd minute that his impact was really felt.”

    Let’s just call a spade a spade–Dempsey was pretty bad the rest of the game, bordering on awful. He could not play at Spurs’ speed and consistently turned the ball over. Twitter was lightening up most of the match and “quiet offensively” was definitely not what people had to say.

    Beckerman gets hammered on here for a bad game–why is it any different for Deuce? If he hadn’t gotten that rebound goal we’d be saying what the Tottenham fans were saying all game across social media–why is Deuce on the field?

  9. 32 says:

    that’s my boy. Representing the SOUTH

    15 goals for the season. 1 in the cup, 4 in the EL and 10 in the league if you ask me

  10. happyjuggler0 says:

    Dempsey really does seem to come up with goals in big games. Once again he put himself in the right place at the right time.

    On another note, he played more as a defensive midfielder today for most of the game today. I can only think this was what he was assigned to do before the game; Tottenham really do have a lot of offensive talent.

    P.S. Not just a game winner vs Man U, but a game winner vs Man U at Old Trafford!!!!

  11. Dan in New York says:

    He scores with his left, he scores with his right. Our boy Clint Dempsey, makes Rooney look shite!

  12. Dan in New York says:

    He scores with his left, he scores with his right. Our boy Clint Dempsey, makes Rooney look shite!

  13. Old School says:

    Man, Dempsey sure did make a mistake going to Spurs. What with, starting and scoring at Old Trafford in a win for Tottenham.

    That was too big of a jump in club for him. Am I right?

    He should have stayed where it was safe at Fulham. You know, the club that just lost to Man City.

    -Soccer Moms that preach “honoring contracts”

  14. Old School says:

    Man, going to Spurs will be a giant mistake. He’ll never start, score or have the match winner at a place like Old Trafford.

    He should stay where it’s safe and lose to Man City at his club Fulham.

    -People that said the jump was too big/People that are clueless to Dempsey’s heart/competitive nature

  15. Thatpageguy says:

    Dempsey is still not hitting on all cylinders, but a goal is a goal and hopefully this will give him confidence to start playing the way he is capable of.

  16. dcpohl says:

    Bale so should have passed.

  17. too soon? says:

    Good goal. He was in the right place at the right time. Don’t kid yourself; that’s a skill.

  18. George3000 says:

    But only if it is a winner over Man U.

  19. eddie says:

    Awesome! This is only the beginning for Dempsey.

  20. eddie says:

    Awesome goal! This is only the beginning for Dempsey.

  21. Little Meow says:

    that looked almost identical to Donovan’s goal vs Algeria

  22. Gimmi_Real says:

    Wish these Fox Soccer videos would work in Canada.

  23. Nave says:

    The title of this article and the first line are sad. Talk about misleading people! It should say Dempsey continues to struggle with Spurs despite scoring garbage goal. Dempsey pulled early after being the worst player on the pitch.

  24. supergrandefilms says:

    Dempsey is a winner. It’s in his blood.

  25. supergrandefilms says:

    Great for Dempsey. Great for Tottenham. Great for U.S. soccer!

  26. C(note) says:

    A goal for Clint Dempsey is a goal for America!

  27. Dan says:

    I think this will definitely give him confidence going forward, but I do have to say I wasn’t very impressed with deuce for most of the game, he just seemed slow compared to everyone else on the field, he might still be lacking in fitness or maybe he’s just not as fast as everyone else out there, but he did an excellent job not letting the play die and cleaning out that goal. A classic win against Man U.

  28. C(note) says:

    A goal for Clint Dempsey is a goal for America

  29. Primoone says:

    F-Dempsy and the Spurs…

  30. C(note) says:

    A goal for Clint Dempsey is a goal for America

  31. bobz says:

    Too bad bale didn’t pass it to dempsey like he should have.

  32. Joamiq says:

    Not a great game for Deuce, but who cares! Glory glory Tottenham Hotspur, glory glory Clint Dempsey!

  33. Alex says:

    Deuce is loose!

  34. who said says:

    Who is this Dempsey guy people keep talking about?

  35. beachbum says:

    the guy knows how to find the space, just watch this goal. nothing fancy, just smart and optimistic with his runs and he scores

  36. Brolo says:

    The flick at midfield was glorious

  37. MLSsnob says:

    The deuce is loose!

  38. BrianK says:

    Notice during the analysis of the that there was no mention of Dempsey (his run,…being at in the right place at the right time, etc.)…..

    Does anyone wonder why his transfer dragged out as it did. If if was Dempsey on the wing (instead of Defoe) and Defoe who finished,…all we would have been hearing is what a predator Defoe is, what great instincts he has for finding the goal, etc. etc. etc,…

    Well,…AVB will remember this one and when he is filling out his team sheets he will want his winners on the field,…including Dempsey and Friedel.

    To quote SAF,…”he’s got that American thing.” Clint and Brad have it.

  39. BrianK says:

    Note that there is no mention of Dempsey during the analysis of the goal. No mention of his run, his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Rest assured if it was Defoe who scored the goal with Dempsey on the wing,…we would have heard all about Defoe’s nose for the goal and his predatory instincts, etc., etc.

    Wonder why Dempsey’s transfer dragged on so long?

    AVB won’t forget that goal,…nor will he forget Friedel’s calm under immense pressure during the last 30 minutes.

    To quote SAF, they “have that American thing.”

    Well done Brad and Clint!

  40. mo salama says:

    right place right time

  41. NE REVS says:

    There really should be a way to differentiate a game winner that occurs when the score is 2-2 (game winner in the present) versus 2-0 (game winner after the fact).

  42. Dustin says:

    Sir Alex is whining that there wasn’t enough added time. That’s just hilarious to me, he didn’t get his Fergie time so it’s time to whine about it.

  43. WK says:

    Deuce is going to show everyone this season he was worth a lot more than even Spurs were willing to pay.

  44. pancholama says:

    Rock on Deuce!

  45. El paso, tx- soccer love says:

    Weak goal and hits it like an ayso kid- kill it like rooney at least, like a real man

  46. Coach says:

    Ball in the net=Ball in the net no matter how heavy you hit it mate. No extra points for pace of the strike.

  47. KenC says:

    LOL, he hit it like he knew he’d already scored 50 in the EPL, not some first-time wannabe who fluffs it trying too hard.

  48. whoop-whoop says:

    That’s pretty funny no love, because I’m thinking If your weak a$$ comment were a shot on goal… you just scuffed it badly and it dribbled meekly off frame.

  49. EvertonBrian says:

    The Wayne Rooney who is trailing Dempsey in goals this season and who can no longer crack the United starting 11?


  50. Joe soccer says:

    Yeah – an ayso kid scoring the game winner in old trafford – keep hating cowboy

  51. Trent says:

    El paso TX eats corn on the cob the long way…

    Biggest international club team goal by an American… Period

  52. Paul says:

    It went in, that’s all that matters.

  53. Peretz48 says:

    He did exactly what you’re supposed to do with a rebound-place it where the GK ain’t.

  54. TheFrenchOne says:

    And get some hair plugs too

  55. Dave from Charlotte says:

    If you don’t have a garbage man, your trash piles up, your neighbors hate you, your lawn starts to look like sh@t, …and your house starts to smell.

    Garbage men ARE real men. Real men go to work and put in their shift…on offense, defense, whatever is asked of them.

    You must not have a garbage man.

    Tune in next week, when Clint teaches you about maestro’s and the metro sexual man.

  56. Scott says:

    Show us one of yours…troll

  57. oscarinfw says:

    That’s how he usually scores goals; get to the right spot at the right time. If he cannot do this fairly consistently, he does not have a place in the Spurs’ starting lineup. He does not have pace, usually cannot take a defender 1v1, etc… attributes one would expect in an attacking player.

    He does have a knack for showing up to the right place at the right time. This is the biggest reason for his success in EPL. Also can get off a decent header; perhaps most proficient on the Spurs.

  58. Randy Taylor says:

    I’m all for people beating Man U (and Spurs).

    That said, that photo of Clint is terrible. That vile kit and his awful guffah.


  59. This Guy says:

    You’ve mixed up real life with FIFA 13.

  60. Chris says:

    You’re an idiot.

  61. Chris says:

    You’re an idiot.

  62. Sean says:

    Good positioning. Good run. Good finish.

  63. Indigo Montoya says:

    Weak winner – yeah, at old trafford- wum alert.

  64. Indigo Montoya says:

    Wum alert

    Winner at OT – nice way to open account

  65. CR says:

    Doesn’t matter if he smashes a rocket from 30 yards or scuffs it from 5, they all count the same. Good work Clint.

  66. sandtrout says:

    I know! How did he know he should stand in front of the center of the goal???!!!!

  67. El paso, tx- soccer love says:

    Your missing my point, dempsey has missed many goals at the national level and for his team . He runs and fights for the ball like a warrior but he never hits the ball with aggression and ends up missing a goal. Truth hurts people ……… Why is javier chicharrito on the bench now because his mexican pride was not enough and his touch is horrible and can not finis besides running like a maniac and warrior.

  68. sandtrout says:

    I had the same feeling. He didn’t do anything against a relatively poor Man U defense in the first half. So, I’m wondering how much playing time he’ll be getting. Maybe he needs to be made to work for it, like at Fulham.

  69. mr lahey says:

    They’re not called the spurs shitidiot, spurs Tottenham or yids.

  70. GW says:

    Too early to judge anything definitive about Clint’s move yet.

  71. solles says:

    lol “sense of positioning”

  72. Jeff P says:

    Worst player on the pitch was clearly Kyle Walker, especially in the second half.

  73. Jeff P says:

    Errr…it was 2-1 at the time though.

  74. Jeff P says:

    Did you miss Clint Dempsey being the top goal scorer among EPL midfielders by a wide margin last season?

  75. biff says:

    I was howling for joy on the Clint Dempsey goal. The positioning was great. If you watch the replay and see how Clint carefully and brilliantly trails behind Bale to be in the rIGHT place at the right time. A step or two back and a defender could have cleared the ball and a couple of steps to far forward and Dempsey might not have been able to reach the ball. And something no one mentioned is that Dempsey was in perfect position when Vertongen drove in the first half and scored his goal with a bit of luck from the deflection off Jonny Evans. You can’t really complain because Vertongen got the goal, but, actually , the smarter play would have been for him to feed Dempsey who was wide open and does not miss shots like that.

    Watching AVB and Dempsey when Clint was subbed off and then after the game embracing, my feeling is that AVB likes Dempsey a lot. No doubt he likes Clint’s hard work in practice and tenacity on the field. That said, the AVB system is definitely going to be demanding and Clint will have to keep his nose to the grinding stone, which I have no doubt he will do.

    Tottenham looked awesome in the first half and I can get excited about this team. Plus, they played my favorite formation, a 4-2-3-1, which is what I wish Klinsmann would do using Clint as the same position he played yesterday for Tottenham. But to do that, Klinsmann is going to finally have to call in some wingers/attacking midfielders and go from using his preferred 3 defensive midfielders to only 1 or at most 2.

    I see in the comments up above that a good game from Deuce and the winning goal against Man U at Old Trafford has brought out a few disgruntled Fulham fan-trolls bashing Clint. Why I will never understand. Clint could have stayed at Fulham without signing the contract extension that Martin “Darth Vader” Jol was trying to stuff down his throat and he would have left in May on a free transfer. But no, Clint did the honorable thing and left in August, meaning that Fulham could collect a transfer fee of $9 million, more than $5 million more than they paid for Clint 5 1/2 years ago. That is a nice profit, not to mention the five years of dedicated top-quality service that Clint gave the club. Time to move on, Fulham fans, and give Clint the respect and thanks he deserves from you.

  76. GW says:


    “Time to move on, Fulham fans, and give Clint the respect and thanks he deserves from you.”

    ?? Coming from SBI’s resident conspiracy theorist that is Kettle,Pot,black.

  77. dk says:

    If you want to call a spade a spade, then you have to be objective in your comments, and not provide misleading statements based on loose citations of Twitter.

    I just read all of the matchday comments of a spurs fansite with over 8,000 members (tottenhamhotspurs dot tv), and NOT ONE post was critical of Dempsey. The ones that mentioned him were thrilled with his goal.

    Now back to calling a spade a spade — Dempsey did have one really bad giveaway on the backwards header that almost lead to an RVP goal. He also had a misdirected backpass that caused spurs to have to go backward, but did not result in a turnover. He also didn’t tackle as hard as he could of a couple of times, such as on the play that setup the Kagawa goal. But Dempsey did not cause any of the United goals, he did not “consistently turn the ball over”, and to say his play was “bordering on awful” is just an egregious falsehood.

    Dempsey mostly made good decisions with the ball, and besides scoring what ended up being the decisive goal, his movement off the ball constantly opened up spaces for teammates to run into. I have a new appreciation for deuce after this game for his sense of spacing, and ability to understand how to open up attacking channels for his team.

    So next time, leave the hyperbole about “the Tottenham fans” saying “all game across social media” that Deuce shouldn’t be on the field. It’s just not honest.

  78. biff says:

    Sorry, GW, but when Fulham trolls swoop in and attack Clint for having a bad game when he scores the winning goal against Man U. at Old Trafford I reserve the right to encourage them to give him the respect he deserves for all he did for Fulham and to let other readers know that trolls are at work. I would not have mentioned Jol or the transfer otherwise.

  79. GW says:

    The term trolls is a judgement call on your part. The other readers can make up their own minds. We don’t need you to do our thinking for us but thanks anyway.

    They may be real Fulham fans and may have a long standing enmity against Clint for what they feel was the less than stellar part he played in the clumsy scenario involving his transfer. Everyone concerned could have handled the whole thing better.

    Fulham do not owe Dempsey anything.

    He played well for them. They gave him a shot. He brought them a handsome return on their investment. They sent him to a potential Champions league club, he did not have to leave London and he gets a lot of money in return.

    Good business for all concerned.

    Still Fulham fans have just as much right to vent their displeasure with Clint as you do to defend him, though he hardly needs you to do that. I’m not shedding any tears for him right now.

  80. GW says:

    Chicharito is on the bench right now mostly because he was hurt before the start of his second season for Man U. and never really got going.

    When you play for Man U. especially if you are a striker, failure to produce is heavily penalized. Ferguson is very quick to move onto the next big thing. If Chicharito does not have a big year this year he is probably gone.

  81. Francois says:

    Haha you’re way off base with all of the things you say Dempsey lacks, he takes and beats players 1v1 all the time. How do you think he draws so many fouls?

  82. oscarinfw says:

    Very seldom do I see Dempsey try to blow by defenders 1v1 a la Bale, Lennon, and Defoe. When he is in space taking the ball up the field, he is usually looking tp distribute the ball rather than trying to beat the defender(s) in front of him or shooting the ball if the defense gives him space too close to goal.

    What he does do in tight spaces is try to find the right pass to another player or try to create just a bit of space to manufacture a shot on goal. He has just enough skill on the ball to do this plus be able to draw fouls (he is also an accomplished diver).

  83. oscarinfw says:

    Every wouldbe goal scorer misses shots. You may have noticed Dempsey is fairly proficient in generating “shot opportunities”. He was proficient enough to be one of the leading goal scorers in EPL. And yes he does score goals for country; without his hustle in front of goal, we do not make it out of the group stages in the 2010 WC.

  84. Primoone says:

    Your mother…