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You can totally see Ric’s Italian heritage in Washington if you click “Italian” and back up a couple of generations. Also interesting to see that Western Europeans really just don’t come here that much anymore.
See how foreign-born groups settled across the United States (New York Times, 2009)
On Saturday night, I was briefly elated, as Donovan made a clever diagonal run into the box and finished off a perfect Dempsey pass to give the USA a 2-0 lead over Mexico in the Gold Cup final. “There,” I thought, “now we can sit on this lead and frustrate them.” Boy, was I wrong. Shortly thereafter, Steve Cherundolo - the USA’s most consistent player - went out with an ankle sprain and on came Jonathan Bornstein. From that moment on, the warning bells that had been going off early in the match turned into full-on alarms as Bornstein’s side of the defense was repeatedly shredded to bits. GK Tim Howard was little help against the onslaught and our 2-0 lead became a frightful 2-4 loss. Gone in a flash was our ticket to the Confederations Cup and the illusion of our control of the CONCACAF region - setting off celebrations from the wild pro-Mexico crowd in Pasadena and leaving me to mutter things I’m not proud of under my breath as I left the bar.
Sarah Palin - Historian
It’s a one-touch finishing clinic. If you’ve got the knack, you’ve got the knack. You kiddos watch - for all the tricks he shows off elsewhere in the field, he’s all fundamentals when he’s in scoring position. Near post runs beating defenders to crosses, headers to the corner where the keeper isn’t…does anyone want it more than him?
Dempsey finishes an epic season for Fulham. Most goals ever for a Fulham player in the English Premiership, most goals ever for an American player in the Premiership. Hats off to you, Clint. Let’s go win a Gold Cup, eh?