Report: Clint Dempsey A Seattle Sounder

The story broken by ESPN’s Doug McIntyre, confirmed by Steve Davis.

Clint Dempsey to become a Seattle Sounder.

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22 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerry on 2013/08/02 at 4:30 PM

    Well, he’ll get plenty of playing time, but not sure this is even remotely the right move. Oh well, I was really hoping he was in the States to talk with Everton who would of been the perfect fit to take his game to the next level for the World Cup.

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  2. Posted by john mosby on 2013/08/02 at 10:36 PM

    taking clints game to the next level is about being focused and fresh come next summer. this is not a 24 year old that needs some European seasoning. deuce scored in a world cup before he went to play club ball in England, and more than likely, he is going to score goals in world cup play after he leaves club ball in England.

    this is a huge move for MLS, and it is a great move for Dempsey. its a stupid silly crazy totally awesome move by the sounders. deuce is the captain of starship USMNT, and I think we should all enjoy this ride.

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  3. Posted by Paula on 2013/08/03 at 12:13 AM

    Not gonna lie. A bit disappointed.

    Still, maybe spending all that time with MLS guys made him see th league in a different light. Yes, it is possible to be in shape for the WC playing in MLS.

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  4. Posted by Jared on 2013/08/03 at 5:08 AM

    I’m not pleased with this move in terms of the World Cup because I think there is a better chance of him getting injured in MLS than in England due to the turf. In terms of competition level I don’t think it matters all that much as he understands the level he needs to be at in order to perform at the highest levels already.

    I wonder what Jurgen thinks about his poster boy for challenging yourself giving that up and returning to MLS.

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    • Makes sense for Dempsey.

      As for JK two words: loan move

      Clint plays for Seattle then gets a loan move to Everton to prep for 2014 World Cup. It did wonders for LD no reason it can’t work for Clint. If he does it right he could be fresher for the World Cup.

      As for him being more likely to get hurt in MLS I say prove that. I notice Holden never got hurt in MLS like he did in the EPL.

      How many serious injuries has Landon gotten in MLS?

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      • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/03 at 4:22 PM

        The other thing is there is some serious fishing available to Deuce in that part of the world.

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  5. Posted by Berniebernier on 2013/08/03 at 5:37 AM

    Talk about torn…..

    Great move for MLS. Getting or keeping top quality Americans can really help the league.

    Obviously it’s a great move for Dempsey financially. Killer contract and should help him get more commercial opportunities.

    Allows him not to be at end of season come World Cup.

    Clearly a step down from Spurs. Although not sure how much PT he would have gotten

    Playing on turf concerns me.

    As a Fulham fan I was ok with him moving to try to get CL however this makes me long for him to have never left (can’t get excited for Bent)

    I don’t see it as anything other than admission that he can’t make CL which is disappointing because I am a huge deuce fan.

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    • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/03 at 4:30 PM

      It is pretty selfish of you to expect Clint will live his life out to suit your wishes.
      If the terms are all true Clint would have been insane to turn this down..

      Spurs have made it clear they don’t want him. If you know any other CL contenders who will pay him 8 mill a year please enlighten us.

      Plus if the US makes serious noise in the World Cup and Deuce does some damage, some sort of move or loan to a CL contender is always possible. Things change.

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      • Posted by Arthur on 2013/08/03 at 6:28 PM

        Schmutzdeck, you are getting a bit nasty here. Berniebernier was expressing how he felt. He didn’t suggest that Clint ought to live his life as Berniebernier saw fit–in fact, his feeling of being torn suggests he wouldn’t be in a place to offer Clint advice. Clint’s desire to play in the Champions League, his drive to overcome every obstacle put in his path, his (seeming) joy playing in England, the fact that he was still finding a very decent amount of playing time and success in his first year at Spurs–these are all reasons for Clint to stay with Spurs. Yes, he faced incoming competition. But this is Clint Dempsey, man who has played against the odds, and relished that option, for most of his career; he was a man who came from humble means and did not seem to require more money to make himself or his family content. In short, Clint faced a hard choice, where he had a tempting contract but other reasons that would have made it sane to stay in England.

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        • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/04 at 9:24 AM

          Arthur,

          See my reply to bernie below.

          Dempsey has given everything to this effort to get to the “top level”. But things change.

          You are characterizing Clint as some sort of superman and he is not that.

          He is an above average 30 year old who has reached the end of his “CL window” with Spurs. Spurs just signed Soldado. They obviously are heading in a different direction and Clint is running out of time. Plus, you have to wonder about a scatterbrained organization who are slowly being forced to sell their best evidence of their ambitions, Bale. They should have locked him up a long time ago.

          Dempsey has found a new alternative way to secure his future and his family and still keep his CL dream alive. You should give him a little more credit for brains.

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      • Posted by Berniebernier on 2013/08/03 at 7:44 PM

        Clint should absolutely do what is best for him. I have never said otherwise.

        I am allowed to have opinions on the team and players I follow.

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        • Bernie,

          Of course you have a right to your opinion about Clint’s “admission”. But I’m merely saying it might not be that. And his statement about the CL was made a year ago; his whole world was different then and it is selfish of the fans to hold him to that. Besides , Spurs not making the CL was not his fault; he did his part.

          His current position at Spurs is endangering his fitness and form for the World Cup so he is taking steps to address that.

          I’m sure JK will eventually apporve. It seems likely that no other CL contender wants Clint, at least not for figures mentioned by both Spurs and Seattle. It seems this is the best option for Clint to go into the WC in the best shape possible, bearing in mind the loan possibilities at the end of the MLS season.

          And if the US does well in the World Cup , well who knows? Look up the career of Henrik Larsson and then tell me it is guaranteed that Clint’s CL dream is over.
          If you are a big fan of his then you should complement him on making a courageous, risky move that could be quite revolutionary in its own way.

          I would not bet against him eventually making the CL and I’m not even a fan of his.

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          • Arthur, haven’t you read Orwell’s Animal Farm? All opinions are equal, but some** are more equal than others…

            **Martin/Schmutzdeck’s

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          • Posted by Berniebernier on 2013/08/04 at 11:30 AM

            I don’t see anyone offering anywhere near enough money for a 31 year old Dempsey to make MLS sell him. If he has a great World Cup it will be the “he is worth more to us then he he is you” issue. World Cup hero coming home to MLS to be on local TV playing in local markets is not something that MLS would be keen to miss out on.

            If he make CL it is on a loan this MLS offseason to fill in for a team with injuries.

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  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2013/08/03 at 6:15 AM

    Maybe he left Tottenham because of their new manager, Coach Lasso?

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    • Posted by scweeb on 2013/08/03 at 8:40 AM

      Plus side him and EJ should develop a killer partnership. I excpect a batman and robin out of those two

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      • Posted by D on 2013/08/03 at 12:28 PM

        I expect a deep Champions League run for the Sounders. Actually I think the chances for the first MLS team to left that trophy just got a lot better.

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    • Posted by gino744 on 2013/08/03 at 4:00 PM

      Good stuff. Was this on SNL? It still hasn’t sunk in that the EPL went to NBC.

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  7. I’m somewhat torn but in the end… its a great financial move for Dempsey. 4 years 8 mil a year to retirement… not bad and not sure anyone would give in EPL for a player who is 30.

    We are all thinking WC2014 but lets be honest… half of our team is from MLS or Mexican leagues and Deuce already knows how to play at that level so like Donovan… it won’t affect him.

    Considering the injury Shea just took from a Philly defender… I’m a little concerned with that as well.

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    • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2013/08/03 at 8:50 PM

      Adrian,

      MLS does not have a monopoly on dishing out dangerous tackles.

      Tell Stu Holden that Clint is less likely to be seriously injured if he stays in the EPL.
      Holden, Reyna, and JOB had their injuries on European club duty. If Clint gets hurt in the coming months the biggest thing is he’s older now, just like LD who never got hurt until recently.

      Stuff wears out.

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  8. Posted by KickinNames... on 2013/08/04 at 3:01 AM

    Still cannot take this league seriously with teams playing their entire season on artificial turf. Just not right.

    Very surprising move but with that kind of cash on the table, young fam and the uncertainty of where he fits in EPL at 30, it sounds like he made a choice for his lifestyle. Good on him.

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