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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, March 9, 2012
Media reports out of England on Friday have said that Fulham have begun contract negotiations with Clint Dempsey for a new contract.

Dempsey is the all-time leading English Premier League goal scorer for an American and has 16 goals this season.

It is reported that Fulham are seeking a new three year deal.

Dempsey has been with Fulham since 2007 and has scored 45 Premier League goals for the London-based club. Prior to that Dempsey was with the New England Revolution since he turned professional in 2004.

As a native of Texas, Dempsey has also been a key part of the United States national team where he has scored in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He has been capped 83 times and has 25 goals including last week when he scored the match winner against Italy.
Mike E
Tuesday March 27, 2012 10:06 pm
There's no law that Dempsey has to go to an English team to get into the Champions League. Jozy, you ARE lobbying your bosses to go get him, right? Jozy? JOZY? JOZY!
lud
Tuesday March 20, 2012 8:05 pm
I love to see deuce make a move to a team that competes in the champions league. I would not like to see him move to a huge club like, Man U, Man city, cuz then his playing time would definitely diminish. Make a move to a club that will allow him to play like say a top team in another league like France or Italy. He could get playing time in the likes of Juve or Marseille.

If he were to stay in england it would have to be a club that has more use for him rather than just a guy we can play once in awhile. I'm thinking the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal at the moment. Any other club and he would not play as much. He would still get minutes but not enough.
Mike E
Monday March 19, 2012 3:19 pm
I think Fulham is negotiating because it want to get something for Dempsey when he does move. If he's under contract, they get a good doel more for their investment. They've put a lot of time and money into him, they do deserve something back.

That I believe is the goal. And then the next American will arrive in West London. Don't know who yet (Agudelo? Shea?), but Dempsey will be replaced by an American, just as he was the replacement for Brian McBride.

Will they name the in-stadium club after him like they did for Brino?
jrob
Monday March 12, 2012 4:11 pm
Clint needs to make a move... If he doesn't do it now, he will miss his window of opportunity. Why not target a team that has champions league aspirations. Fulham will continue to toil in mediocrity. He could be just the right person to pair up with Luis Suarez next year and get the Reds into the Champions League. Clint... get paid while you still can! Join a club that can get you exposure and experience playing against the big dogs! Time to move on. You have done everything you can do at Fulham. Now set your family up for the rest of your life while at the same time proving that Americans can play for top level European clubs.
IntheLou
Monday March 12, 2012 2:11 pm
Dempsey must stay with Fulham. How would moving to a "big" team where he will be surrounded by egos and could be dropped from the selection at the slightest drop in form be better than what he's got? Only one way, the chance to play in Champions League. Other than that, he plays all the same PL teams as he would no matter what team he was on, and he's played in Europe 2 out of the last 3 years, with a chance again next year. So it's the chance to play a few games against Milans and Barcas vs. a great fit at Fulham where the system is built around him, the fans love him, he has the chance to be a legend, and he can play every minute of every game. Plus, my daughter just got her Dempsey 23 last week.
Bernie Walls
Sunday March 11, 2012 5:35 pm
I too agree about Deuce staying at Fulham, I can't see a bigger club being a better spot for him, but I fear when the big clubs come calling, he will go. He has publicly stated he wants to play Champions League football and unless Fulham can put together a better squad in this coming offseason, I see him leaving for the bucks and I can't say I don't understand, but I still think he should stay
buzzardroostus
Friday March 9, 2012 1:33 pm
We need Americans to get on top clubs. What Clint's done at Fulham is commendable, but should not be his goal. A mindset of being satisfied will not move us to the next level. Come on Clint, score 10 more goals this season and bring the big boys begging for you
DaBurgh
Friday March 9, 2012 11:43 am
Hoppy, rite on brother. I couldn't agree more. Perfect situation for duece at fulham...
If I had Clinton on my team I would do everything in my power to keep him, and make him as happy as possible.... The way I see it is fulham has built ther team around duece..
Hoppy in ATL
Friday March 9, 2012 9:45 am
Right on... I hope they get something done.. Most USMNT fans are hoping to see him sign on at a top-level club, but I personally hope to see him finish his career at Craven Cottage....

Sure, it would be nice for him to sign with a club that is always in European competition, but it's hard to imagine any situation being better suited for Clint than the role he is currently filling with the Cottagers... Not only is he on the pitch against world class competition 90 minutes a week, but he is the key player in a system geared towards letting him play freely and take his runs....

Not only is it hard to imagine him getting 90 minutes every single week with a bigger club, but he would almost certainly wind up playing a more "supporting" role, as opposed to the sort of freedom he is allowed at Fulham...

In short, "If it aint broke, don't fix it." It's hard to imagine any situation better than playing every minute in England's top league and being among the league's top five goal-scorers...

Whether he is playing for Man U, Man City, Fulham or Aston Villa - he is still competing against the same premier competition...

Besides, Fulham are currently sitting around 7 or 8 in the standings and have been assembling a rather classy supporting cast around Deuce (that giant Russian striker they just picked up from Stuttgart is looking great)...

I don't think it is too far-fetched to imagine the Cottagers playing in Champions league/Europa for the next three years... I just hope he becomes the first American to receive a fair paycheck in Europe.
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