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USMNT forward Clint Dempsey scored his third goal of the 2015 Gold Cup in the 46th minute of Friday's match against Haiti, giving the Americans a 1–0 lead early in the second half. 

By SI Wire
July 10, 2015

U.S. men's national team forward Clint Dempsey scored his third goal of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the 47th minute of Friday's match against Haiti, giving the Americans a 1–0 lead early in the second half en route to a victory by that scoreline. 

Gyasi Zardes, who had been in the game for less than a minute after coming on as a halftime substitute for Jozy Altidore, assisted Dempsey on the goal with a nifty cut-back pass after taking down the ball and heading toward the end line. For Dempsey, it marked his fourth straight U.S. game with a goal, and it brought his international total to 44, 13 shy of Landon Donovan's U.S. record of 57. 

With the win over Haiti, the Americans cemented a first-place finish in their group and advanced to the knockout stage, securing a favorable path ahead of Monday's game against Panama. 

The USA is attempting to win its second straight Gold Cup, which would automatically clinch a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Watch Dempsey's goal below:

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