Texas native Dempsey to join Premiership

Nacogdoches product Clint Dempsey has a deal to join English club Fulham.

Major League Soccer has agreed to send Clint Dempsey to Fulham of the English Premier League for what would be the largest transfer free in MLS history -- if the New England Revolution midfielder can obtain a British work permit.

Dempsey has played three seasons with the Revolution and has six goals for the national team. He would be the third American player to join the south London team, following defender Carlos Bocanegra and striker Brian McBride, who both arrived at Craven Cottage in January 2004.

The US has had players denied work permits before, such as Bobby Convey's 2003 deal.

Dempsey is a dangerous attacker from the flank, but I have doubts that his defense is good enough right now to play in the English Premier League. But his best days are certainly ahead of him. Plus, it'll be good for him to have a few friendly faces around, on a team where Americans are respected: McBride was Fulham's player of the year last year.

Posted by Evan @ 01/02/07 07:39 PM


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Gooch! I think Onyewu is headed to Fulham as well. There could be 4 Yanks in Fulham's starting 11 before long.

Posted by trza @ 01/05/07 03:12 PM

Unfortunately, it looks like Onyewu is sticking in Belgium, as the deal with Fulham has apparently fallen apart.

Posted by evan @ 01/05/07 03:59 PM

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