Flying high: Dempsey has netted eight goals so far this season  (©GettyImages)
Flying high: Dempsey has netted eight goals so far this season (©GettyImages).

Clint Dempsey could eclipse MLS goal record

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Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey is in a remarkable run of form.

Since the start of the season in early March, the American has scored 8 goals and currently leads the MLS top scorers table by two goals.

Last month, the player netted seven goals; this run included a hat trick against Portland Timbers that was followed by two-goal performances against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids respectively.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham star has also developed a fruitful partnership with fellow former English Premier League star Obafemi Martins.

The pair have netted 11 goals between them so far this season, with the former Newcastle and Birmingham City star also providing four assists.

The current record of 27 goals scored over a single season is held jointly by Chris Wondolowski and Roy Lassiter.

Whilst Dempsey is certainly some way off that at; we are only two months into the season and Martins seems like the ideal partner to help the American reach a target that has stood since 1996.

Indeed, the duo seem to understand each other’s game remarkably well. Just look back to Dempsey’s contrasting debut season with the Sounders in 2013.

The player made only 12 appearances and scored just one goal. One undoubted reason for this was the fact that Dempsey had not been able to establish a partnership with Martins.

However, Dempsey has had Martins alongside him in all of his appearances so far in 2014, and the difference is certainly clear to see.

The player made his professional debut in 2004 when he signed for New England Revolution, and in three seasons with the Revs, Dempsey scored 25 league goals in 71 appearances.

When Dempsey was playing in the EPL, his goal return varied but his best times were undoubtedly at Fulham.

The player scored 60 goals in 225 appearances for the Cottagers, with his last season at Craven Cottage proving to be his most prolific, as he scored 17 league goals in 37 games.

However, despite netting 12 goals in 43 games for Tottenham in his single season at White Hart Lane, Dempsey was still considered dispensable as he often failed to deliver when it really mattered.

Undoubtedly, Sounders fans are now enjoying the fruits of the 31-year-old’s rejuvenation.

With the 2014 World Cup set to kick-off next month, the Texan is looking like he will add to his 103 caps and be a major part of Jürgen Klinsmann’s squad. 

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