5 things to know about Clint Dempsey

  1. He's a native Texan
  2. Dempsey was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. His career started with a three-year tenure with prestigious youth club Dallas Texans SC. He was one of the first of many big Southwestern stars to go through the club, including Brek Shea, Omar Gonzalez and Lee Nguyen.

  3. He comes from humble beginnings
  4. Due to financial problems, Dempsey was forced to quit his youth club at an early age, but economic assistance from friends allowed him to rejoin the club and continue his dream of playing soccer.

  5. His goal celebrations have a special meaning
  6. When Dempsey was 12 years old, his older sister Jennifer died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. She was just 16-years-old at the time and was pursuing tennis at the highest level in Texas. He also lost a friend and teammate from his high school team shortly after they graduated.

    After every goal you'll find Dempsey pointing to the sky for his sister or throwing up the number 13, his high school teammate's number to show he did it for them and to let them know they will never be forgotten

  7. He released a rap song
  8. Clint used his nickname "Deuce" when he produced his own rap song and music video called "Don't Tread." He teamed up with Houston rappers, Big Hawk and XO for the song. It's dedicated to the determination of the U.S. national team and his sister

  9. He's tough
  10. Demps played two matches in 2004 with a broken jaw and his "wondergoal" in the Europa League against Juventus was scored while he was still recovering from knee damage suffered in a previous match. His status was listed as "questionable" before the game.

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