Clint Dempsey is coming back to Major League Soccer, but not to play for the Revolution. Numerous reports say that Dempsey will sign for the Seattle Sounders on a $9 million fee from Tottenham Hotspur and will be unveiled on Saturday night.
Dempsey, 30, is coming off a season in which he scored seven goals in 28 games for Tottenham. Since leaving the Revolution in 2007 for Fulham, he has been one of Europe's best offensive talents, carrying his teams with goals. In fact, he ranks seventh in the Premier League in goals over the last three years. He made a name for himself internationally, scoring crucial goals against the likes of Chelsea, Juventus, Liverpool, and FC Basel in key games.
When Dempsey left MLS in 2007, he was making $75,863. He will now reportedly make $32 million over four years with the Sounders. His base salary and his transfer fee are the largest in MLS history.
Dempsey has scored in two World Cups and mentioned during a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Panama in Seattle earlier this summer that he was amazed at the progress MLS has made since he left. Seattle is one of the league's best markets, as it has probably the best fan base.
His return is symbolic, as it means that a US soccer player that is still in the prime of his career can return to MLS, considered a lesser league than the Premier League, and succeed.
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