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Breaking Angles: Clint Dempsey trading his boots for retirement

Clint Dempsey by Victor Ariza is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Breaking Angles: Clint Dempsey trading his boots for retirement

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After a successful career at the club stage and for the United States Men’s National Team, Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement. Dempsey started his career with the New England Revolution, before moving over to English clubs Fulham and Tottenham Hostpur, and finishing his career with the Seattle Sounders.

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. 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.

– Clint Dempsey

The impact of his career

Clint is arguably one of the top players to ever don the USMNT crest. From helping to qualify for three World Cups, to going to finals in New England, to making a name for himself in England, and winning in Seattle, Dempsey has brought grit and leadership throughout his career. The outpouring of love and support that has come out in the hours since his announcement proves the effect he has had on the game.

Clint Dempsey has been one of the most impactful players in the history of the sport in our country. From his early success with the New England Revolution to his achievements both as a top player in the English Premier League and for the U.S. Men’s National Team, Clint showed us that there are no limits for an American player. His decision to sign with the Sounders in 2013 in the prime of his career sent a message to the global soccer community that MLS was a league on the rise. On behalf of our fans, our players, our clubs and the entire MLS family, I want to congratulate Clint on his retirement and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Don Garber, MLS Commissioner


Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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