Hot List: Clint Dempsey playing well 

January, 7, 2013

How quickly can things change in the cutthroat world of top-level club soccer? Look no further than the recent fortunes of Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey, America's top two players. Bradley was riding particularly high a few short weeks ago, while the slumping Dempsey was sidelined with an injury. But Bradley struggled in his most recent outing for Roma, and now it's the Tottenham man who's surging.

What does it all mean? We examine that, and take a look at two Yanks making noise south of the border, in our latest Hot List, a weekly Monday feature on the stock watch of American soccer players abroad.

Warming up

Clint Dempsey, M/F, Tottenham Hotspur (England)

Why he's here: Dempsey's brace versus lower league Coventry City (he also had an assist) in an FA Cup third-round tilt Saturday gave him three goals last week -- Deuce also found the net after subbing in against Reading in a Premier League match on New Year's Day.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.