Clint Dempsey says he will "never say no" to a national team call-up, even after the United States' failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Sources said this week that Dempsey has agreed to a new deal to return to the Seattle Sounders next season, but at 34, he's at an age where many of his contemporaries consider international retirement.
SEATTLE -- When Cristian Roldan was a boy, he fantasized about one day pulling on FC Barcelona's famous blue-and-garnet jersey.
Like many soccer-crazed youngsters of his generation, Roldan idolized Barca midfielders Andres Iniesta and Xavi. They shaped how he saw the game. They were the guys he lined up alongside in his daydreams.
Most of us outgrow such adolescent fantasies by the time we hit our teens. Roldan's experience has been the opposite -- if anything, he's grown into his.
Clint Dempsey has signed a new contract with the Seattle Sounders, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
Sources said Dempsey has signed a one-year deal worth between $1.5-2 million, and he will remain one of the team's three designated players.
Dempsey's current contract, which according to the MLS Players' Union will pay him $3.89m in guaranteed compensation in 2017, is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, though Seattle held a club option.
TUKWILA, Wash. -- Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey was named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year for 2017, acknowledging his play in a season where he again became the leading scorer for the Seattle Sounders and reclaimed a place on the U.S. national team.
Dempsey, who scored 12 league goals this year and two more in the playoffs, was sidelined last season by an irregular heartbeat. And he says a full season of playing back at an elite level has eased his concerns.