2014 World Cup: 5 Interesting Facts About USMNT’s Clint Dempsey

USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey Facts

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The U.S. National Team captain is ready for the World Cup, and I thought I'd share a few interesting facts about the man, the myth, the legend. He has the nickname "Deuce", but do you know where it came from? There may be a lot of things that you don't know about Dempsey, and here are five facts I felt every fan should know.

5. First American Player to Score a Hat Trick in the EPL

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5. First American Player to Score a Hat Trick in the EPL

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No American has been as successful as Clint Dempsey in the EPL. In 2012, he scored his first EPL hat trick in Fulham’s match against Newcastle, which led Fulham to its 5-2 victory.

4. His Sister Was a Ranked Tennis Player

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4. His Sister Was a Ranked Tennis Player

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As Clint Dempsey began his youth soccer career, he was forced to quit because his sister became a ranked tennis player and his parents could not afford both. His friends’ parents helped economically allowing him to continue playing, and unfortunately his sister later died from a brain aneurysm.

3. Under the Alias of “Deuce", He Rapped a Song for the 2006 World Cup

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3. Under the Alias of “Deuce", He Rapped a Song for the 2006 World Cup

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Clint Dempsey joined Texas rappers XO and Big Hawk to put together the song “Don’t Tread” for a Nike soccer ad for the World Cup. There is a somewhat amusing, 90s-esque music video with Deuce rapping, which can be found with a quick Youtube search.

2. In 2004, He Played Two Matches With a Broken Jaw

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2. In 2004, He Played Two Matches With a Broken Jaw

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I’ve heard about playing through the pain, but Clint Dempsey has it down to a science. He played two matches with a broken jaw in 2004 and played through the pain of a knee injury during a Europa League match.

1. In High School, He Predicted Exactly Where He’d End Up

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1. In High School, He Predicted Exactly Where He’d End Up

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In his high school year, there’s a section with the following question: “Where do you hope to be five years from now?” Underneath there is a photo of a young, smug-looking Clint Dempsey with the response, “playing professional soccer in Europe.” He was only off by one year.

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