Clint Dempsey posts historic hat trick

Updated: January 21, 2012, 9:13 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Underlining his growing reputation as the United States' top player in Europe, Clint Dempsey became the first American to score a hat trick in the Premier League in Fulham's 5-2 comeback win over Newcastle on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Dempsey scored three goals in a 30-minute span in the second half.

"We never found our rhythm in the first half, but we began to get into their penalty area in the second half," Dempsey said. "Luckily, the ball kept going in. We never took ...

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