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All of Clint Dempsey’s USMNT goals

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With Dempsey tying Landon Donovan’s all-time USMNT scoring record, we’ve compiled a list of every goal he’s scored.

Ghana v USA: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Clint Dempsey has tied Landon Donovan’s all-time United States national team scoring record, scoring his 57th goal on Saturday against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup.

When Donovan last played for the USMNT in late 2014, Dempsey was already 31 years old and had to make up an 18-goal gap. At that point, Dempsey’s most productive calendar year had been the eight goals he scored in 2013 (coincidentally the year Donovan took his sabbatical). Coupled with the seeming likelihood that his involvement with the national team was about to be waning, the prospects of catching Donovan seemed remote at best.

We now know better. Since Donovan last played for the USMNT, Dempsey has been on an absolute tear. He scored nine goals in 2015, followed that up with four goals in 2016 and has already scored five goals in 2017. Those 18 goals have come in 25 matches, a rate of .72 goals per game. Overall, Dempsey’s career mark of .42 goals per match is better than any USMNT player with at least 10 goals.

What’s equally impressive is that so many of Dempsey’s goals have come in competitive matches. Just 16 have been scored in friendlies, a rate of roughly .30 per match. In competitions, Dempsey has basically scored at rate of a goal every other game (.49). He’s the United States’ all-time scoring leader in World Cup qualifying (18), Copa America (three) and Confederations Cup (three). He’s also the only American to score in three separate World Cups. He’s scored 13 goals in the Gold Cup, second only to Donovan’s 18.

Dempsey has spread his scoring around quite a bit, too. His goals have come against 29 different opponents and the only countries he’s faced at least twice and never scored against are Mexico (nine times), Colombia (four) and Argentina (three). Those goals have come in 12 different countries, 16 different American states and on every continent he’s played (he’s never played a game in Asia or Australia). His most common victim is Honduras, against whom he’s scored seven times in nine career appearances.

The goals have come when the United States needed them, too. Thirty-one of his scores have either given the USMNT the lead or equalized and 19 have proven to be game-winners. The USMNT has gone 36-8-5 when he scores, which includes a remarkable 13-0-3 record since Sept. 6, 2013.

Historians will surely debate who was the “best” ever USMNT player, but the record books will leave no doubt as to who was the greatest scorer. We’ve compiled the relevant info on every goal he’s scored in a USMNT uniform:

All Clint Dempsey goals

Goals Opponent Date Place Watch
Goals Opponent Date Place Watch
1 England May 27, 2005 Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. Video
2 Cuba July 6, 2005 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. Video
3 Japan Feb. 10, 2006 AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif. Video
4 Poland March 1, 2006 Kaiserslautern, Germany Video
5 Venezuela May 26, 2006 First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio Video
6 Ghana June 22, 2006 Nuremberg, Germany Video
7 China June 3, 2007 Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif. Video
8 Guatemala June 6, 2007 StubHub Stadium, Carson, Calif. Video
9 Brazil Sept. 9, 2007 Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. Video
10 Barbados June 15, 2008 StubHub Stadium, Carson, Calif. Video
11 Barbados June 15, 2008 StubHub Stadium, Carson, Calif. Video
12 Cuba Sept. 6, 2008 Havana, Cuba Video
13 Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 10, 2008 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. Video
14 Egypt June 21, 2009 Rustenberg, South Africa Video
15 Spain June 24, 2009 Bloemfontein, South Africa Video
16 Brazil June 28, 2009 Johannesburg, South Africa Video
17 El Salvador Sept. 5, 2009 Rio Tinto, Sandy, Utah Video
18 Turkey May 29, 2010 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. Video
19 England June 12, 2010 Rustenburg, South Africa Video
20 Canada June, 7, 2011 Ford Field, Detroit, Mich. Video
21 Jamaica June 19, 2011 RFK Stadium, Washington DC Video
22 Panama June 22, 2011 NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas Video
23 Honduras Oct. 8, 2011 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla. Video
24 Slovenia Nov. 15, 2011 Ljubljana, Slovenia Video
25 Italy Feb. 29, 2012 Genoa, Italy Video
26 Antigua & Barbuda June 8, 2012 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. Video
27 Guatemala June 12, 2012 Guatemala City, Guatemala Video
28 Jamaica Sept. 7, 2012 Kingston, Jamaica Video
29 Guatemala Oct. 16, 2012 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan. Video
30 Guatemala Oct. 16, 2012 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan. Video
31 Honduras Feb. 6, 2013 San Pedro Sula, Honduras Video
32 Costa Rica March 22, 2013 DSG Park, Commerce City, Colo. Video
33 Belgium May 29, 2013 First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio Video
34 Germany June 2, 2013 RFK Stadium, Washington DC Video
35 Germany June 2, 2013 RFK Stadium, Washington DC Video
36 Costa Rica Sept. 6, 2013 San Jose, Costa Rica Video
37 Turkey June 1, 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. Video
38 Ghana June 16, 2014 Natal, Brazil Video
39 Portugal June 22, 2014 Manaus, Brazil Video
40 Panama Feb. 8, 2015 StubHub Stadium, Carson, Calif. Video
41 Guatemala July 3, 2015 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. Video
42 Honduras July 7, 2015 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas Video
43 Honduras July 7, 2015 Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas Video
44 Haiti July 10, 2015 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. Video
45 Cuba July 18, 2015 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. Video
46 Cuba July 18, 2015 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. Video
47 Cuba July 18, 2015 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md. Video
48 Panama July 25, 2015 Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa. Video
49 Guatemala March 29, 2016 MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Video
50 Costa Rica June 7, 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill. Video
51 Paraguay June, 11, 2016 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. Video
52 Ecuador June, 16, 2016 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. Video
53 Honduras March 24, 2017 Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif. Video
54 Honduras March 24, 2017 Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif. Video
55 Honduras March 24, 2017 Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif. Video
56 Panama March 28, 2017 Panama City, Panama Video
57 Costa Rica July 22, 2017 Cowboys Stadium, Dallas Video