Dempsey burns another hole in the back of the net

There’s arguably no one hotter than American midfielder Clint Dempsey in the Premier League these days. The Texan has been on fire of late, and scored once again for his club, Fullham, on Monday to earn a late 1-1 draw with Chelsea. The goal is Dempsey’s 22nd of the season for his club and his 16th of the Premier League season, which has far surpassed the former club record set by Louis Saha of 13 in 2004.

“When you’ve got Clint in the team you know you’ve got a chance. He’s been on an unbelievable run of form. He keeps bailing us out. When the ball goes in the box he’s usually the first on the end of it, and he got us out of trouble again,” explained Fullham’s captain Danny Murphy.

Monday’s goal came in the 82nd minute on a header aided toward the back of the net by a deflection off a defender. The goal came after a first-half tally notched legend Frank Lampard’s 150th career goal for the other side.

Dempsey’s goal came just days after he netted a pair against Bolton on Saturday. Dempsey was modest, referencing luck in his string of outstanding play.

“Maybe just lucky, one of them things — to just go on a little bit of a run,” he said. “The first 15 minutes of each half I thought they were the better side, but then the game started to open up. We looked dangerous and towards the end of the game we played some really good football and created chances.”

The big news for the other half of the matchup, Chelsea, lies in the standings. The Blues blew a chance to leapfrog up to fourth with a victory, thanks to Donovan’s latest heroics, and instead could require its honor as defending champs to earn a spot in the Champions League, rather than a top-four finish in the Premier League. It would be the first time ever the squad didn’t qualify based on its position in the standings.