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Dempsey is powerful force for struggling Fulham in 3-3 draw with Spurs.

Keller signs with Fulham to become fourth American at the Cottage.

Beasley helps Rangers get off to good start.

Hahnemann's 10 saves stymie Man United, earn Reading 0-0 draw.

Adu negotiates with Benfica after MLS, Portugese power, agree to $2-million transfer fee.

Dalby North End romance ends with work permit denial.

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Bernardo's Italian training could benefit U.S. future.

Friedel, Rovers left to rue what should have been.

Onyewu is hopeful, but unsure of his Newcastle future.

Hahnemann is ranked No. 1 among Premier League goalkeepers.

Bocanegra hopeful Fulham can make late surge.

McBride's strong play makes him Fulham 'Player of the Month.'

Solid play earns Howard permanent spot, lucrative deal with Everton.

Keller clean sheet gives 'Gladbach 0-0 draw with Aachen.

Mönchengladbach used Keller shutout for rare victory.

Onyewu finally makes his move; he's loaned to Newcastle United.

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Dempsey is among EPL leaders after his goal helps Fulham draw with Wigan 1-1.

Munga Eketebi
Clint Dempsey (left), here vying for a header, scored Fulham's goal in a 1-1 draw with Wigan.
-- Fulham FC web site photo --
By Robert Wagman
  (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Saturday, September 15, 2007) -- Fulham has gotten off to a poor start this season and, though today's road match at Wigan Athletic looked to be difficult, the Cottagers hoped to start a climb up the standings. For 80 minutes, it looked like United States midfielder Clint Dempsey's goal, his second in the last two matches, would hold up, but Fulham saw its lead disappear when Jason Koumas converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute and the two teams ended up tied 1-1.

Thus, Fulham sits in 16th place in the English Premier League at 1-3-2 (six points), while Wigan is tied for ninth at 2-2-2 (eight points).

In the 10th minute, Dempsey, who started in the midfield for the fourth straight outing (including one in the Carling Cup) after beginning the season as a reserve, finished off a swift attacking move by beating a defender to a Diomansy Kamara cross in the Wigan box to fire home his third goal of the season.

Fulham twice nearly doubled its lead, first in the 25th minute when U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra was on the receiving end of a Simon Davies corner kick, but saw his header graze the crossbar. In the 56th minute, Dempsey broke free after playing a neat one-two with Kamara, but then had his hard shot blocked by charging goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Some stout defending allowed Fulham to maintain its edge until Wigan defender Mario Melchiot was hauled down in the 79th minute, leading to Koumas' equalizer

In recent weeks, Dempsey has played both midfield and forward and has blossomed into a goal scorer. Behind France star Nicolas Anelka of Bolton Wanderers who, as of today, leads the Premier League with four goals, Dempsey is tied with England standout Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Frenchman Antoine Sibierski (Wigan), Spain luminary Fernando Torres (Liverpool) and Togo threat Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) for second with three strikes.

"Truthfully, I think I'm more comfortable as an attacking midfielder, but I can play on top and I'll play anywhere it will help the team," Dempsey told SoccerTimes while with the U.S. men in Chicago for the Sunday's 4-2 loss to Brazil.

Dempsey's offense is welcome because American striker Brian McBride, the team leader with 12 goals in all competitions in 2006-07, is out with a knee injury at least until Christmas and very possibly until January. Bocanegra assumed the captain's armband from McBride.

Things don't get easier for the Cottagers who host eight-place Manchester City and travel to powerful Chelsea the next two weekends, sandwiched around a Carling Cup meeting with struggling Bolton

"We should have gotten points from the matches against Middlesbrough and Aston Villa (both losses) but we didn't and now we must make things right in the next three matches," Bocanegra said in Chicago for the Brazil match.

"These next three are very important." Dempsey echoed.

U.S. keeper Kasey Keller was on the bench for a third straight match. He was signed August 23 with the club thin at the position after the regular starter Antti Niemi injured himself in warm-ups for the season opener at Arsenal. Keller was immediately thrown in to action for a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa two days later, then assumed a backup role to Niemi who returned to the lineup August 28 for a 1-0 triumph over Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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