SEATTLE, WA — (Sounders release) Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey tied the U.S. Men’s National Team all-time scoring record on Saturday evening, recording his 57th career international goal in a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals. Landon Donovan, who was part of FS1’s television coverage for tonight’s match, previously held sole position of the top spot on the USMNT’s all-time goal list. Bruce Arena’s squad now faces the winner of tomorrow’s match between Mexico and Jamaica in the tournament’s final on July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (6:30 p.m. PT / FS1, Univision, UDN).
With tonight’s Semifinal taking place in his home state of Texas, Dempsey entered as a substitute in the 66th minute with the match still scoreless, then proceeded to have a direct a hand in both USMNT goals late in the second half. In the 72nd minute, he received a ball near midfield, dribbled through a number of Costa Rica defenders before finding Jozy Altidore behind the defense for the match’s eventual game-winner. With the USMNT leading 1-0 10 minutes later, Dempsey scored directly from a free kick 25 yards out, sending a low shot through the wall inside the near post to match Donovan’s USMNT scoring record with 57 international goals.
Dempsey, 34, has 136 career international caps since making his senior USMNT debut in 2004, and in 2014 became the first American player to score in three consecutive FIFA World Cups. The Nacogdoches native is tied with Will Bruin for Sounders FC’s team lead with seven goals in 16 appearances this season, while his 41 tallies for Seattle are six behind Fredy Montero for the all-time club record.
After winning Group B with seven points (2-0-1), the U.S. Men’s National Team has advanced past El Salvador and Costa Rica in the Knockout Stage, and now faces the winner of tomorrow’s Mexico-Jamaica match. The 2017 Gold Cup Final is set for Wednesday, July 26 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara (6:30 p.m. PT / FS1, Univision, UDN).
(Cover photo: US Soccer Twitter)