Wednesday marks the end of an era in U.S. Soccer as joint-record goalscorer Clint Dempsey announced he will retire from professional soccer effective immediately, ending the current Seattle Sounders star's illustrious career both with the USMNT and in club football.
The 35-year-old finishes level atop the U.S. Soccer scoring charts with 57 goals, tying Landon Donovan, and will be remembered as perhaps the greatest American soccer player of all-time.
Dempsey's professional career began in 2004 with the New England Revolution, followed by a long successful spell in England, with Fulham and later Tottenham in the English Premier League. The star, born in Nacogdoches, Texas, returned to the United States with Seattle in 2013 and was a member of three U.S. World Cup sides (2006, 2010, 2014).
One of the greatest American soccer players ever, here's how social media reacted to the news that Dempsey is hanging up his boots.
Clint Dempsey was a club favorite wherever he went. Here's how his former clubs bid farewell to the American forward.
One from the man of the hour himself. ... It all started in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Piles of tweets and posts from former teammates have flowed in.
Revolution teammate and current ESPN FC analyst Taylor Twellman
U.S. teammates Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron
An absolute legend in our game who helped change the perception of what It means to be an American footballer. It was an honor to suit up with you and always a challenge to go up against you.— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) August 29, 2018
✌🏽@clint_dempsey #ThankYouDuece pic.twitter.com/P0JGeI1Tpj
Other well wishes from leading figures in the soccer community
Congratulations to @clint_dempsey on an illustrious career for both club and country. I always enjoyed watching you play and come in clutch when needed! All the best in your next chapter. #thankyoudeuce— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 29, 2018
Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from professional soccer. He's had quite the run:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 29, 2018
- Tied for most international goals in USMNT history
- Only U.S. men's player to score in 3 World Cups
- Most goals by an American in EPL history
- 2016 MLS Cup champion pic.twitter.com/Mka1qpS5q7
A look at the full span of Clint Dempsey's career with the United States men's national team.
One from a U.S. Soccer fan group, The American Outlaws
Former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati
Have known @clint_dempsey since his rookie year in New England. What made him so special was his unpredictability. His talent for producing a moment of magic was unique and captivated us all. Thanks for the memories Deuce. Best of luck to you and the family. pic.twitter.com/uEeAfSJ5GF— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) August 29, 2018
Former USMNT, Fulham and Seattle Sounders teammate Eddie Johnson knows Clint as well as anyone
That's my brother right there and everyone in the soccer world knows it. Loyalty,trust,love and respect since day one. From youth national team days to the Senior national team was an honor to have played in a World Cup with him and should of been at least one more lol. Had the opportunity to play along side him on the senior team over a decade, @fulhamfc and @soundersfc and it's awesome to witness his achievements first hand. I remember back in the days as roommates all the things we dream of accomplishing and my brother @clint_dempsey you can check every goal that you wrote down off your list. The greatest to ever wear the shirt but a even greater person father and husband and brother love you bro and I'm so proud of you and the amazing career you had #Deuce💯❤️🤙🏾⚽️✊🏾🙌🏾
Fellow joint-top-scorer Landon Donovan also wished Dempsey well
What an incredible career. It was an honor to play with and against Deuce so many times ⚽️🇺🇸⚽️🇺🇸⚽️ https://t.co/5jR0CFaqxU— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 29, 2018
Former U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann had high praise for Deuce as well
Happy retirement Deuce !! @clint_dempsey— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) August 29, 2018
You were an amazing player and you are a wonderful human being! Be proud of everything you achieved and please stay in the game! You would make a fantastic Coach one day! Thx for all the wonderful memories!https://t.co/vdmCX0oAKP
Former U.S. legend and current Under-20 coach Tab Ramos compared Clint Dempsey to Michael Jordan
An article when Jordan retired described his ability but most importantly said that "Jordan kept score" ... @clint_dempsey was skillful, unpredictable but more importantly, he kept score! .... THE BEST! ..... Waiting for you at the @ussoccer_ynt @ussoccer https://t.co/2sRyEx0WOR— Tab Ramos (@RamosTab) August 29, 2018