Clint Dempsey roared back from injury last night with a phenomenal goal against Juventus in the Europa League.
Dempsey celebrates his winning goal in the Superfly II
But the goal was so much more than that, to both Nike and Fulham fans.
Dempsey’s outrageous chip into the far corner was the first competitive goal to be bagged by a player wearing the new Mercurial Vapor Superfly II.
The American’s goal was also the winner in what was, in all fairness, and unlikely turnaround for Fulham FC against Italian giants Juventus.
Having started the match 3-1 down, Fulham then conceded early into the match to make it 4-1 to Juventus on aggregate. Fulham were in no mood to beaten though, as they pulled 3 goals back to make it 4-4 on aggregate and 3-1 on the night.
A moment of sheer audacity from the man fans of the USMNT (United States Men’s National Team – to the uninitiated) call ‘Deuce’ saw the ball lofted above the keeper and into the back of the net to give Fulham a deserved victory
Deuce warms up in the Nike Superfly II football boots
Though whilst every Fulham fan in Craven Cottage will have been ecstatic late into last night, I think they’ll be waking up worrying this morning that Dempsey and his teammates could pull a similar upset over England in June!
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look at the yanks starting to make some marks in the premiership. USA!
Starting? Fulham are still in the Prem solely because Brian McBride went on a tear to keep them out of relegation 2 years (maybe 3?) ago
I’m with you there MisterBroom – McBride’s workrate was the only thing that stopped Fulham going down that year.
I think what Connor’s getting at is that Landon Donovan and now Dempsey have both got a lot of positive press recently; all in a year when England have to play them in the World Cup! Eeep!
i think USA have some decent players, Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan and Howard but i think the next generation of players will really make a mark in Europe, playing for top clubs rather than midlevel teams. This year, England don’t have to worry too much as they are mostly Man Utd, Chelsea players etc whereas USA at best play for Everton. In years to come USA will dominate though.
Jones at Schalke is quaity too, and they can mount a serious challenge to us this year. I actually hope they make it through the group stages 🙂
but he wore the 6 studs, so all the innovation added to the sole is not used for the pros