Clint Dempsey didn’t start Saturday’s Gold Cup semi-final win over Costa Rica, but he sure did finish it.
The veteran forward took over the match after coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute. A deft touch near the center of the park set up his perfectly weighted pass to Jozy Altidore for the opening goal in the 72nd, but the real magic came ten minutes later as he scored a goal of his own to ice the match.
Dempsey scored his record-tying 57th goal by sneaking a free kick inside the near post well out of the reach of a diving Patrick Pemberton. These two moments were enough for him to claim the SBI USMNT Man of the Match while tying Landon Donovan atop the USMNT’s goalscoring chart.
He wasn’t the only standout performer for the U.S. tonight. Darlington Nagbe, Matt Besler, Jozy Altidore, and Tim Howard all put in big performances when the team needed it the most, but Dempsey’s efforts earned him Saturday’s honors.
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