American midfielder Clint Dempsey continued his sensational English season on Saturday, recording a hat trick in Fulham’s 4-0 victory over third-tier Charlton in an English FA Cup third-round match in London.
Dempsey scored from close range in the eighth and 61st minutes before converting a penalty kick in the 81st to record his first three-goal performance since transferring to the Premier League side from MLS’s New England Revolution five years ago. He also increased his season goal-scoring total in all competitions since August to 12.
Meantime, U.S. World Cup teammate Landon Donovan assisted on Johnny Heitinga’s early header in Everton’s 2-0 FA Cup win over fifth-tier Tamworth.
For a list of American hat tricks in Europe.....
1990: Earnie Stewart for Willem II (Netherlands) vs. Sparta.
1991: Earnie Stewart for Willem II (Netherlands) vs. Den Haag.
1992: Eric Wynalda for Saarbrucken (Germany) in a cup match vs. Kickers Emden.
1992: Mike Masters for Colchester (England) vs. Barrow.
1994: John Kerr Jr. for Millwall (England) vs. Derby County.
1995: Joe-Max Moore for Saarbruecken (Germany) vs. Mannheim.
1998: David Wagner for Guetersloh (Germany) vs. Mainz.
2001: Ante Razov for Ferrol (Spain) vs. Compostela.
2004: Chris Cleary for Worksop (England) over Droylsden in the FA Cup.
2006: Jeremiah White for Gueugnon (France) vs. Montpellier.
2007: Charlie Davies for Hammarby (Sweden) vs. GAIS.
2007: Michael Bradley for Heerenveen (Netherlands) vs. Groningen.
2007: Cam Weaver for Haugesund (Norway) vs. Nybergsund in cup match.
2008: Ryan Guy for St. Patrick’s Athletic (Ireland) vs. Shamrock Rovers.
2008: Matt Taylor for Koblenz (Germany) vs. Kaiserslautern.
2009: John-Paul Pittman for Crawley Town (England) vs. Cambridge in FA Trophy match.
2010: Benny Feilhaber for Aarhus (Denmark) vs. Skive in cup match.
2011: Matt Taylor for Paderborn (Germany) vs. Ahlen in cup match.
2011: Mike Grella four goals for Brentford (England) vs. Bournemouth in Football League Trophy match.
2012: Clint Dempsey for Fulham (England) vs. Charlton in FA Cup.
Did I miss any?