Clint Dempsey ties Landon Donovan’s record for most goals for the United States Men’s National Team.
The United States was in a 0-0 deadlock with Costa Rica until Bruce Arenas substituted Clint Dempsey into the game in the second half. His impact was immediately felt, in a threatening position on a corner kick.
Moments later Dempsey set up forward Jozy Altidore with a beautiful assist to break the scoreless draw and give the United States the lead.
A free kick moments after that presented Dempsey the opportunity to provide the insurance goal and all but assure the USMNT a place in the final. It came off a free kick. Dempsey noticed the wall cheating towards the far post after he scored at the far post of a free kick in a game recently.
Dempsey instead kept the ball low and aimed towards the near post, and out of the reach or the outstretched goalkeeper.
The goal is significant because it ties Dempsey with Landon Donovan for most career goals for the USMNT, with 57. Donovan accomplished the feat in 157 games, Dempsey doing it quicker in 132 games.
Altidore’s goal gives him 38, behind only Dempsey and Donovan, in 106 games. The assist from Dempsey was his 20th, moving him into fourth all-time.