Wednesday marked Clint Dempsey's 33rd birthday, and despite accomplishing plenty in his career, Dempsey has his sights set on a few more goals–both individually and on the team level.
Dempsey is nine goals behind Landon Donovan (who just turned 34 last week) for the all-time U.S. lead (57), and he's eyeing an MLS Cup title with Seattle and a Copa America crown with the USA. All of the above would be crowning achievements on top of what he's already done. His 57 goals in the Premier League are the most by any American, and the Premier League paid tribute by presenting a highlight package of some of his finest goals for Fulham and Tottenham to commemorate his birthday:
(They, of course, forgot Tim Howard's absurd goal vs. Bolton in 2013)
On the international level, Dempsey's exploits are well documented, including his goal against Ghana to open the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was the fastest in U.S. World Cup history:
While getting all nostalgic about Dempsey, though, it's impossible to forget another important anniversary. It's been 10 years since Dempsey's "Don't Tread on This" music video that he released with Nike in the build-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and if you haven't seen it yet or haven't watched it for quite a while, there's no better time to bob your head to this:
Dempsey wasn't alone in celebrating an important U.S. Soccer birthday on Wednesday. Paul Caligiuri, who authored the goal that set up the two decades-plus of international growth for the U.S. turned 52. For the story behind his World Cup qualifying strike in Trinidad and Tobago, read Grant Wahl's story here.