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Spurs complete sale of midfielder

Clint Dempsey returns to Major League Soccer

By | 4th August 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur yesterday confirmed the sale of midfielder Clint Dempsey on their official website. The midfielder was sold to Major League Soccer, marking a return to his home country ahead of next summer’s World Cup. Due to the nature of Major League Soccer’s single-entity structure, Dempsey was sold directly to the league itself, and the league’s clubs will now look to acquire his rights.

Major League Soccer has already announced that the player will ultimately end up with the Seattle Sounders, who are widely recognized as having the most passionate fanbase in the United States. Tottenham signed Dempsey just one year ago, and the former Fulham man made 43 appearances while scoring 12 goals for Spurs. With no shortage of incoming and outgoing transfers at White Hart Lane this summer, manager Andre Villas Boas clearly viewed Dempsey as surplus to requirements.

Dempsey is returning to the league where he began his professional career, having been drafted by the New England Revolution in 2004. He will now face the difficult task of propelling a struggling Seattle Sounders club into playoff contention.

Dempsey’s departure will free up both money and playing time for Spurs and their new signings, with winger Nacer Chadli joining central midfielder Paulinho as the club’s two new signings this summer.

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