Dempsey headlines productive week for Americans abroad
For at least one week, the discussion about the lack of U.S. goal scorers can be put to rest.
With Jozy Altidore ending his club-level goal drought, Maurice Edu scoring for the second time in two weeks and Clint Dempsey's brace against Wigan Athletic, U.S. national team regulars enjoyed a prolific week playing abroad.
They weren't the only ones, though.
Sacha Kljestan continued his successful first season abroad with a goal for Belgian side RSC Anderlecht, and Mike Grella scored for a second consecutive week on loan with English League One side Carlisle United.
Digging even deeper, former Kansas City Wizards and Chivas USA striker Matt Taylor, playing in the depths of Germany's third division, notched his second multigoal game of the season as he attempts to climb the ladder of European soccer.
That said, the performance of the week was Dempsey's. The Nacogdoches, Texas, native hit a superb header off a cross from Mexican international Carlos Salcido in the 30th minute against Wigan to open the scoring (and set off a celebration between Salcido and Dempsey that had to have U.S. national team fans rubbing their eyes to make sure it was actually happening). Just before halftime, Dempsey struck again, one-timing a bounding Chris Baird cross inside the penalty area with exquisite technique.
Dempsey's Man-of-the-Match performance helped Fulham leap to the top half of the Premier League table while snapping a five-game winless streak in league play.
"It was really good service into the box today," Dempsey told FulhamFC.com. "Without that, I wouldn't have been in position to score. I think the credit should be shared."
Considering the plethora of options at midfield for Bob Bradley and the potency with which Dempsey is currently playing at forward for Fulham, the Cottagers' No. 23 is making a case to perhaps shift up top internationally as well.
In addition to all of the goal scorers, here is how the rest of the Americans playing abroad fared this past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):