Clint Dempsey's year at Craven Cottage keeps getting better and better.
The American scored twice in a 3-0 win over Bolton Wednesday to catapult Fulham into the top half of the league table. His two goals also cemented him at the top of Fulham's all-time EPL scoring list with 33 since joining the team in 2007. Dempsey has 12 league goals this year (13 in all competitions), and Wednesday's brace marked the third time he's doubled up in a game at home this season.
Though Americans haven't had the greatest success in the EPL, Dempsey actually passed a fellow Yank on the way to the top of the list. Brian McBride (2004-08) and frenchman Steed Malbranque (2001-06) had shared the record with 32 goals. Fulham joined England's top league in 2001, so Dempsey's "all-time" record for London's oldest club only goes back a decade.
Still, it's an impressive feat for Duece, who has shown no signs of slowing down for club and country. He's signed with the Cottagers through 2013 and is one of the most important players for Team USA as it readies for this summer's Gold Cup and qualification for the next World Cup in 2014.
I've attached clips of both goals against Bolton. The first one may be better than the 31 that came before it (This one doesn't count). His second, record-breaking strike was just beautiful teamwork with a sublime assist from Eidur Gudjohnsen.