Somebody get Brad Friedel on the line for a comment: U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey powered in a 33rd-minute header to give Fulham a 1-0 lead over Bolton at Craven Cottage on Sunday, netting his third goal in four games, his eighth of the season in all competitions and the 38th of his Premier League career, which is the record for U.S. players in the EPL.
Less than two minutes after his goal, Dempsey sprung teammate Bryan Ruiz behind the Bolton defense, and the Costa Rican scored with a strikingly clever chip over Wanderers’ keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to make it 2-0, and give Dempsey his fourth assist of the season.
It’s shaping up as a career year for the Texan, and yesterday’s win was an international blow struck for CONCACAF, as Dempsey (U.S.) and Ruiz (Costa Rica) provided all of the Cottagers’ offense. Ruiz assisted on Dempsey’s opener.
The three points moved Fulham (4-6-6), which was eliminated from the Europa League in midweek, up to 11th in the Premier League table as the halfway mark of the season approaches. Dempsey has scored in all four of the Cottagers’ wins this season.
Bolton remained in last-place with the defeat, but did get some good news today: American midfielder Stuart Holden returned to the club’s training facilities to continue his rehab from knee surgery.