USMNT captain Clint Dempsey has been outstanding for his nation so far during the World Cup, but he admitted that all of his success as a player is down to his faith. This includes is footballing success and the troubled times when he had to deal with his sister's death.
Footballing success down to God
Dempsey started his career in the MLS with the New England Revolution way back in 2004. Having played 71 games and scored 25 times, his career took a huge boost when he made his way across the pond to sign for Fulham in 2007.
At the North London club he made himself into a hero scoring 50 goals during five successful seasons and 184 total appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham Hotspur and now he's back in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders.
But when asked about who he attributes his footballing success to, the religious Dempsey was modest and simply thanked God for the role he's played in helping achieve his goals so far in his sporting life.
"Today, I pray for strength to walk the road before me," Dempsey said. "I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing success He has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him [God]."
Helping him with his sister's death
Dempsey grew up in a Catholic family and his family made him play soccer so he developed good people skills. When he was only 12 years old he had an experience that tested his faith and he came through that experience even stronger.
"When I was 12 years old, my life took a turn that would change me forever. My sister [Jennifer] died [from a brain aneurysm] and I was faced with questions about why things happen and what role God played in it all. For a number of years, I struggled and put distance between God and me. But He was faithful and patient and provided gradual healing and strength."
Dempsey enjoying World Cup
Dempsey shocked the world when he opened the scoring for the US after only 32 seconds against African top dogs Ghana. Even though the game drew level in the second-half, John Brooks grabbed the winner for the US in dramatic style late on.
The ex-Fulham striker had another great performance in America's second World Cup instalment, as his side went perilously close to beating Portugal to progress to the second round of the tournament.
The striker grabbed himself what looked to be the winning goal in the second half, but Portugal levelled the game in the last minute of stoppage time.