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Clint Dempsey scores again for Fulham in 1-1 draw with Chelsea

American midfielder Clint Dempsey continued his torrid scoring pace Monday, heading in a late equalizer as Fulham drew with visiting Chelsea, 1-1, in the English Premier League.

Dempsey has scored four goals in the past three matches and 16 in league play this season, tying him for fourth place in the EPL. He has 22 goals in all competitions to forge one of the finest seasons by an American overseas in U.S. soccer history. Dempsey scored twice Saturday at Bolton.

Dempsey’s header in the 82nd minute took a deflection before settling into the far side of the net, making it subject for review as to whether it should be ruled an own goal.

[Watch Fulham’s video package here.]

Other Americans in action today:

GK Tim Howard 90 in Everton’s 4-0 win over Sunderland

GK Brad Friedel 90 in Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Norwich

D Clarence Goodson 90 in Brondby’s 1-1 draw with Koge (Denmark)

D Eric Lichaj 90 in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Stoke

D Tim Ream 90 in Bolton’s 2-0 loss at Newcastle

D Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle’s 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe (England 3rd tier)

D Sean Cunningham 90 in Stabaek’s 3-0 loss at Tromso (Norway)

D Ryan Miller 90 in Halmstad’s 1-0 loss at Hammarby (Sweden)

MF Ricardo Clark 90 for Stabaek

MF Robbie Rogers 14 in Leeds’ 2-0 loss to Derby

MF Conor O’Brien 90 in Sonderjyske’s 1-1 draw at Odense (Denmark)

MF Baggio Husidic 90 for Hammarby

F Mike Grella 90 (goal) in Bury’s 4-1 win over Colchester (England 3rd tier)

F Josh Gatt 90 in Molde’s 2-1 win over Brann (Norway)

F Billy Schuler 1+ for Hammarby

For an update on U.S. national team ticket sales.....

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. men’s national soccer team’s friendly against Brazil on May 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The figure for the USA vs. Scotland friendly four days earlier in Jacksonville, Fla., is 21,000. However, only 4,500 seats have been claimed for the World Cup qualifying opener June 8 against Antigua in Tampa.

Sales for the U.S. women’s national soccer team friendly against China on May 27 in Chester, Pa., are around 7,000.

The El Salvador vs. Honduras men’s friendly June 2 at RFK Stadium has surpassed 8,000 — an early indication of a huge turnout by the Latin American community, which typically purchases tickets in the final days before a match.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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