Dempsey returns to MLS with Seattle

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Updated: August 3, 2013

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Seattle Sounders FC signed United States
national team captain Clint Dempsey on Saturday, and he will occupy Seattle’s
third Designated Player spot.

Because he is a Designated Player, Dempsey does not return to MLS through the
allocation ranking order, and he joins the Sounders after spending the
previous seven years in the English Premier League.

“This is a historic day for Sounders FC and our fans,” said Seattle majority
owner Joe Roth. “Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club
to a higher level. We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we
will spare no expense to win trophies.”

The 30-year-old Dempsey holds the record for most goals by an American in the
English Premier League with 57 during his time with Fulham and Tottenham.

Dempsey began his MLS career in 2004 with the New England Revolution, winning
the 2004 Rookie of the Year award and going on to make 71 appearances during
his time with the Revs, scoring 25 goals with 14 assists.

He moved to Fulham in 2007 and established himself as one of the team’s top
offensive options in his final two seasons at Craven Cottage, netting 29 goals
in 74 appearances.

Dempsey secured a move to Tottenham last summer and totaled seven goals and
six assists in 29 appearances in his lone campaign at White Hart Lane.

“I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining
Sounders FC,” said Dempsey. “Having recently played in Seattle with the
national team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from
the supporters first-hand. It’s going to be an honor to represent the fans in
Seattle.”