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.
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.