Former US captain Dempsey retires

Clint Dempsey played for four different clubs during his career. (Reuters pic)

SEATTLE: Former United States captain Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement from professional football, his club Seattle Sounders said on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old ended a 15-year career, including seven in the English Premier League with Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.

“After a lot of thought, my family and I have decided that this is the right time for me to step away from the game,” Dempsey said in a statement.

“I’d like to thank all of the teammates, coaches, and support staff that I’ve worked with throughout my career. It has always been my dream to make it as a pro. I’m grateful to have been on this ride.

“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 US men’s national team. Y’all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember.”

Dempsey is tied with former teammate Landon Donovan as the all-time leading goalscorer for the US with 57 goals in 141 appearances.