Arguably one the greatest is not the greatest American Soccer player Clint Dempsey walked away from the game of football with a thank you statement disseminated by the Seattle Sounders Media Relations Department.
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,” said Dempsey. “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.”
Rather fitting that a player who never quite seemed settled on the field would end it all with a Y’all made me feel at home quote. The onfield restlessness by Dempsey was not so much an agitated Global Nomad looking for a home but rather a tenacious, freewheeling goal scorer who found freedom on the pitch. It was on the pitch that Dempsey was able to fully self-expressed and where that pitch did not matter.
Whether it was in MLS with the New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, or the USMens Nationa Team Clint was about scoring goals and winning.
The former US. Men’s team captain’s awards and accomplishments are comparable to any of the great athletes who have recently retired in their perspective sports, Kobie Bryant, Manu Ginobili, and Gianluigi Buffon to name a few.