Dempsey ties Dono­van’s mark for goals with 57

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Clint AR­LING­TON,

Dempsey on Satur­day night matched Lan­don Dono­van’s U.S. record for in­ter­na­tional goals, scor­ing his 57th with a free kick in the sec­ond half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi­fi­nal 2-0 vic­tory against Costa Rica.

Jozy Alti­dore put the Amer­i­cans on the board with a goal in the 72nd minute.

Dempsey, play­ing in his home state of Texas, en­tered in the 66th minute and scored 16 min­utes later on a 27-yard shot that went around a four-man de­fen­sive wall and beat goal­keeper Pa­trick Pem­ber­ton on two bounces.

Dempsey had got­ten his 20th na­tional team as­sist when he fed Jozy Alti­dore for the open­ing goal in the 66th minute.

Dono­van, who played his last in­ter­na­tional match in 2014, was at the match as a com­men­ta­tor for Fox and said on the broad­cast: “Con­grat­u­la­tions, Clint. Feel free to stop now.”

Dempsey has made 136 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances, trail­ing only Cobi Jones (164) and Dono­van (157).

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