The soccer world celebrated Clint Dempsey's career after his retirement

US soccer legend Clint Dempsey is done

US soccer legend Clint Dempsey is done

'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.

With the news of Clint Dempsey's retirement from professional soccer, ESPN FC turned to several of its USA soccer and MLS writers to ask whether the US men's national team's joint-leading goal scorer is also its greatest player ever.

Though he was sidelined during Seattle's run to the MLS Cup in 2016 for an irregular heartbeat, he played an important role in getting the team back on track after a hard start to the season.

Dempsey last played on July 25th as a sub against the San Jose Earthquakes.

"Y'all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember".

The three-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year also spent a season at Tottenham, scoring 12 times in 43 games before returning to MLS with Seattle in 2013.

He leaves Seattle as the club's joint-top scorer in league play with 47 goals, level with Fredy Montero, and is the club's all-time leader in playoff goals.

"Very few players have meant as much to the growth of soccer in this country as Clint Dempsey".

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When Dempsey made the retirement official, the soccer world was quick to congratulate Deuce on a fantastic career.

At global level, Dempsey scored 57 goals in 141 appearances between 2004 and 2017, putting him level with Landon Donovan as the USA's leading all-time goalscorer. He scored four goals in three different World Cups and had 72 career goals in the English Premier League (most by an American player).

Between Dempsey's time with the Revolution and Sounders, he embarked on a hugely successful stint in Europe.

The 35-year-old came to England with Fulham in January 2007 and, including a later loan spell, made 232 appearances for the Craven Cottage club, scoring a total of 60 goals.

"His mark on both our club and the United States Men's National Team is indelible, and his hard-earned reputation as a trailblazer for our nation in Europe helped pave the way for generations of future of Americans overseas", he added.

In 2012, Dempsey earned a transfer to Tottenham after almost signing for Liverpool.

In 2015, he scored 10 goals and tallied 10 assists, becoming the only MLS player to record double-digit goals and assists in each of those season.

His run at Fulham also brought success for the team, with the club reaching the Europa League final thanks in part to Dempsey's brilliant goal to seal a comeback win over Juventus in the round of 16.

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