Dempsey joins Seattle in prime of his career




SEATTLE (AP) — For the past few seasons playing in England, even as he participated in a Europa League final with Fulham and was on the verge of a Champions League berth at Tottenham Hotspur, Clint Dempsey felt the pull to come back to America grow stronger.

He didn’t want to be an aging player on the back side of his career when he finally made the decision to return to Major League Soccer.

That pull was at the heart of Dempsey’s decision to have his representatives reach out to MLS in late July and start the process that was finalized over the weekend when Dempsey signed with the Seattle Sounders as their newest designated player.

Dempsey was formally introduced on Monday. He said the Sounders “moved mountains” to make his transfer from Tottenham to Seattle a reality.