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Sounders confirm Clint Dempsey has signed one-year deal

Clint Dempsey was able to come back from a heart condition and silence all doubters with a superb 2017 season.
Brian Schmetzer lauds Clint Dempsey after his brace booked Seattle's place in the Western Conference final.
Clint Dempsey netted both of Seattle's goals as they cruised into the Western Conference final with a 2-0 win.

The Seattle Sounders have signed forward Clint Dempsey to a one-year deal for the 2018 season that provides more salary flexibility for the club, general manager Garth Lagerwey confirmed on Tuesday.

Lagerwey did not get into specifics about Dempsey's deal but did confirm he will remain a designated player for Seattle and that the contract is only for the 2018 season, for which the Sounders held a club option under the forward's previous deal.

Sources told ESPN FC last month that Dempsey had signed...

 By Matt Pentz

Dempsey taking in Seattle's MLS Cup run as Sounders relaxed for title fight

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Stefan Frei discuss last year's MLS Cup and the road to returning this season.

TORONTO -- The Seattle Sounders certainly appear to be in a good collective mood ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup rematch with Toronto FC at BMO Field (4 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN).

Their portion of Thursday afternoon's pre-title-game news conferences featured no shortage of inside jokes and shared chuckles between coach Brian Schmetzer, forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Following an early question about Dempsey's on-field relationship with striker Will Bruin, Schmetzer deadpanned, "Are...

 By Matt Pentz

Dempsey's return to MLS Cup another big moment in a career full of them

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Stefan Frei discuss last year's MLS Cup and the road to returning this season.

TORONTO -- During Clint Dempsey's five-month layoff after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat last season, few moments were as poignant as the Seattle Sounders' final practice before last year's MLS Cup final.

As his teammates were jovially participating in group drills and walking through set plays, Dempsey was alone down near one of BMO Field's corner flags, doing some light conditioning. As the Sounders prepared for the biggest game of some of their lives, Dempsey was just beginning...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Christian Pulisic among U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year nominees

After Christian Pulisic's post for the Players' Tribune, the FC crew debate how to improve U.S. player development.
Craig Burley uses his own experience to support Christian Pulisic's comments on how to improve American player development.
As the Christian Pulisic rumours to Bayern Munich continue, the FC panel question if the time is right for the young American.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Christian Pulisic have been nominated for U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, the federation announced on Tuesday.

The winner will be announced on ESPN later this month.

Pulisic, who was named the Young Male Player of the Year a year ago, led the finalists with six goals for the national team in 2017, while also starring for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga and Champions League.

Dempsey had five U.S. goals -- three in a hat...

 By Arch Bell

Experienced Seattle meets confident Houston in Western Conference final

The guys predict the MLS conference finals and the Liga MX playoffs, and they draft their ultimate Thanksgiving dinner.

Two teams each riding a wave of momentum lock horns in the West for a spot in MLS Cup. Here is how the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo shape up heading into their Western Conference final.

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Been there, done that. This Seattle team knows all the trappings that come with a conference final, so experience is most definitely on the side of coach Brian Schmetzer's men. The Sounders also boast an impressive attacking force that can strike in various forms. If you...

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Clint Dempsey says he'll 'never say no' to U.S. national team call-up

Clint Dempsey was able to come back from a heart condition and silence all doubters with a superb 2017 season.
Brian Schmetzer lauds Clint Dempsey after his brace booked Seattle's place in the Western Conference final.

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.

The likes of Arjen Robben, Javier Mascherano and Daniele De Rossi and Laurent Koscielny have all announced plans in recent weeks to leave their national...