Meet Clint Dempsey, the Premier League much under-appreciated yet finest American footb..er.. soccer player.
The name "Dempsey" isn't exactly what you'd call common. However, Google the name and the first result is not what you would've expected - it isn't a cheesy actor famed for Grey's Anatomy. It's Fulham's very own Texan superstar.
Dempsey's rise to fame is a classic example of the "written in the stars" journey. His story is one of courage and perseverance but entwined with grief, tragedy and every so often, unmistakable glimpses of hurt. Born in the remote Texan town of Nacogdoches in East Texas into a relatively poor family as the fourth of five children, Dempsey's was a humble upbringing. His footballing journey started off when his older brother Ryan was offered a tryout by the Dallas Texans, a youth club. Clint, who tagged along, was noticed while juggling a ball on the sidelines to pass the time. Almost immediately, he was recruited into the youth team.