Several soccer teams and stars paid tribute to Clint Dempsey on Twitter.
Former U.S. men's national team star and Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey announced his retirement on Wednesday morning, ending a 15-year career effective immediately.
“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,” Dempsey said in a statement. “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.”
The 35-year-old was showered with praise from across the soccer world and earned acknowledgement from peers, rivals, coaches and professional teams alike.
Happy retirement Deuce !! @clint_dempsey— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) August 29, 2018
You were an amazing player and you are a wonderful human being! Be proud of everything you achieved and please stay in the game! You would make a fantastic Coach one day! Thx for all the wonderful memories!https://t.co/vdmCX0oAKP
An article when Jordan retired described his ability but most importantly said that “Jordan kept score” ... @clint_dempsey was skillful, unpredictable but more importantly, he kept score! .... THE BEST! ..... Waiting for you at the @ussoccer_ynt @ussoccer https://t.co/2sRyEx0WOR— Tab Ramos (@RamosTab) August 29, 2018
Have known @clint_dempsey since his rookie year in New England. What made him so special was his unpredictability. His talent for producing a moment of magic was unique and captivated us all. Thanks for the memories Deuce. Best of luck to you and the family. pic.twitter.com/uEeAfSJ5GF— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) August 29, 2018
I remember first time I saw @clint_dempsey play. He was a long-haired rookie so I already liked him, but when I saw the courage & personality in his game I immediately knew he was special. Players like Clint only come around so often, feel so fortunate I got to play by his side. pic.twitter.com/HZyWjz4MCs— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) August 29, 2018
Deuces✌️to the 🐐of 🇺🇸 men’s soccer! Thank you @clint_dempsey for your relentless passion and inspiration. Cheers to all the memories on and off the field. What a legendary career. Happy retirement bro!!#DeuceIsLoose #DontTread #ThreeAmigos #Roomie #ThankYouDeuce pic.twitter.com/unbQkcGOIp— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) August 29, 2018
A big SHOUT OUT to @clint_dempsey on staying true to himself throughout his career, which led to him being one of the best players we have ever produced in this country.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) August 29, 2018
It was an honor to play with and against you, my friend.
Good luck in whatever's next. ✌️ #Deuce pic.twitter.com/eW4iYVYXgk
Dempsey last played on July 25th as a sub against the San Jose Earthquakes. Dempsey finishes his two stints in MLS with 72 goals and 42 assists in 186 games. He finishes tied with Landon Donovan for the USMNT’s all-time goal record with 57, with his last goal helping the U.S. reach the final of the 2017 Gold Cup in a semifinal win over Costa Rica–while Donovan was in the broadcast booth calling the game for Fox.