Clint Dempsey saw his first action in England since joining the Sounders last summer. In a third round fixture at Norwich City, Dempsey and Fulham played to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.
Dempsey was used as a left attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, according to the lineup card on Fulham's website. Aside from Dempsey, Fulham fielded a largely reserve lineup that included a mixture of experience and youth, with 4 players under the age of 23 in the starting 11.
Fulham opened the scoring in the 40th minute on a Darren Bent header from a Chris David lofted pass from the left side.
Norwich responded just before halftime with a Robert Snodgrass header in the 45th minute off a Josh Murphy cross, tying the game at 1-1 at half-time.
That scoreline would hold up after 90 minutes, forcing a replay at Craven Cottage on January 15.
Dempsey's best chance of the match came in the 9th minute, after a combination with Pajtim Kasami and Alexander Kacaniklic led to a dipping shot from 25 yards that went over the crossbar. Dempsey wasn't credited with another shot in the match. He attempted a shot in the 48th minute, only to have it blocked by Russell Martin.
Throughout the rest of the match, Dempsey got himself into good positions and made some nice attacking runs, but the timing wasn't quite right on some of the passes. That can probably be chalked up to a combination of this being his first match since November and René Meulensteen throwing a bit of a reserve lineup out there.
It's a shame that the match wasn't broadcast on TV, but we should get to see Dempsey wear number 32 for Fulham against Sunderland next weekend.