Former Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and United States of America forward Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement from professional football after more fifteen years at the top level.
Now 35, Dempsey was most recently at MLS side Seattle Sounders following his arrival at the CenturyLink Field from Fulham in the Premier League.
Most well-known for exploits with the United States Men’s National Team, Dempsey made 141 appearances for the Stars and Stripes over a 13-year spell.
Making his debut for the U.S. in 2004, the World Cup star of 2010 and 2014 scored his first goal all the way back in 2005 in a 2-1 friendly defeat at home to England.
Following his first strike for his nation, Dempsey went on to score 56 further goals for the USA as he retired level with Landon Donovan on 57 strikes for the United States.
After a return home from England, Dempsey played out the autumn of his career with Seattle Sounders where he still made quite the impact as he helped the Sounders to an MLS Cup and a US Open trophy.
Statement in full:
After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game,” said Dempsey.
“I’d like to thank all of the teammates, coaches and support staff that I’ve worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to make it as a pro. I’m grateful to have been on this ride.
“I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported me throughout my career with the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders and the U.S. Men’s National Team.
“Y’all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember.”