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Clint Dempsey's return to MLS is set; Tottenham approves transfer

August 03, 2013|By Dan Loumena
  • Clint Dempsey gives the thumbs-up to fans after the U.S. defeated Honduras, 1-0, in a World Cup qualifying game in Utah on June 18.
Clint Dempsey gives the thumbs-up to fans after the U.S. defeated Honduras,… (Robyn Beck/ AFP / Getty Images )

Clint Dempsey is set to return to Major League Soccer after Tottenham of the English Premier League approved his transfer on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Texan, a U.S. national team star who rose to prominence in the MLS, became a fan favorite in England while playing for Fulham, which acquired him in a then-record $4-milliion transfer from the New England Revolution.

The explosive midfielder is reportedly set to join the Seattle Sounders in a deal that could be announced this weekend.

Tottenham reported the transfer on Saturday in a statement that simply read: “We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey. We wish Clint every success for the future.”

Dempsey became one of the most successful Americans to play overseas by scoring 50 goals in 184 games over five years for Fulham. His first EPL goal came in a 1-0 victory over Liverpool to help Fulham avoid relegation to the second-tier Championship Division.

Dempsey, who has scored 35 goals in 99 appearances for the U.S. national team, had 12 goals in 41 appearances for Tottenham. He began his career by scoring 25 times in 71 games with the Revolution.


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