Spurs confirm Dempsey’s MLS return


Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Clint Dempsey is to leave the club and return to the MLS.

The American striker joined Spurs last August for £6million from Fulham and will return to his homeland to play in the MLS for the first time since 2006.

Dempsey made 43 appearances in Spurs colours, scoring 12 goals.

The statement on the official Spurs site did not mention which club in the MLS Dempsey has joined, but it is widely tipped to be the Seattle Sounders: “We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey.”

Good luck for the future, Clint!

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  1. I don't really get the announcement. Have we sold him to the whole Major League Soccer? Why is it only the name of the league? Why no club is mentioned?

    • MLS is a single entity, meaning all the players in the league are employed by the league, not the individual teams. This means that transfers to and from MLS are negotiated with the league, not the club. It is a very odd arrangement over here but it is currently working for MLS where a more European model failed the old NASL. One day, when Association Football is stronger in the country, it might be possible to switch over to a model where clubs are completely independent but that is still likely a long way off.

  2. As a US MNT fan, I'm happy to have Dempsey back and playing with Eddie Johnson, who Dempsey will partner with up front quite often. Spurs will miss him more than we think, unless this money quickly gets spent towards another goal scorer. Hoping for the best for all concerned.

  3. Finally! This guy was so frustrating to watch, was never a true Spurs type of player. Good luck to him though.

  4. As a longtime spurs fan, I hate to see clint leave. He was never appreciated as he should've been by our fans. Clint proved himself for yrs at Fulham and then joined us late last season without the benefit of a preseason…and played out of position most of the season..yet STILL managed to be the 3rd leading scorer for spurs w/ important goals. He was hard working and versatile at a good value. I firmly believe that he is underrated by spurs fans. He will be missed as a quality player and person on the squad.


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