Clint Dempsey, one of the greatest players in US football history, has announced his immediate resignation.
Clint Dempsey, one of the largest and most unique players in US football history, has announced his immediate resignation.
Dempsey, 35, began his career in the New England Revolution before moving to England in 2006 where he played for Fulham and Tottenham. In 2013, he sensationally returned with the Seattle Sounders to MLS and helped the club to two MLS Cup Finals. He retires with Landon Donovan for the most goals in the history of the US national teams, and thus enters the fateful October 201
"After much thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to leave the game," Dempsey said in a statement. "I would like to thank all the teammates, coaches and support staff I've worked with throughout my career, it has always been my dream to make it a pro, and I'm grateful I was on this trip, and I want to thank all the fans who have supported me during my career in the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders and the American Men's National Team, you have always made me feel at home, and it's something that will always be remembered remain. "
" Deuce ", as Dempsey was known, played in three World Cups – in 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and was the first US player to score in three World Cups. As captain under Jurgen Klinsmann his hit 30 seconds before the opening match of the United States against Ghana 2014 was one of his career highlights and formed the basis for the entry into the knockout stages. He also won three Gold Cups and scored three goals in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, leading the USA into the final against Brazil.
Nacogdoches, Texas, finishes his two stints in the MLS with 72 goals and 42 assists in 186 games. He also scored 57 goals during his time in the Premier League, which are by far the most for an American.
One of his most famous highlights came in a Fulham jersey against Juventus in the 2009-2010 Europa League. His stunning chip helped Fulham to victory before finally falling to Atletico Madrid. The target was the typical Dempsey – the willingness to try something brave, where others would probably choose the more conventional way.
"For me, Clint Dempsey is the greatest player in the history of our country," said General Football Chief Garth Lagerwey in a statement: "He is indelible both in our club and in the men's national team in the US, and his hard-earned reputation as a forerunner for our nation in Europe has helped pave the way for generations the future of Americans abroad. "
Dempsey's career as a player was almost broken off in 2016 when he suffered an irregular heartbeat. State paused. He had to suspend the course of the Sounders MLS Cup title, but returned in the following season, in which the club drove into the final again.