August 29, 2018 / 5:03 PM / 8 months ago

Former U.S. captain Dempsey retires

FILE PHOTO - Jun 25, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) reacts in the second half against Colombia during the third place match of the 2016 Copa America Centenario soccer tournament at University of Phoenix Stadium. Columbia beat the United States 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images

(Reuters) - Former United States captain Clint Dempsey has announced his retirement from professional soccer, 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 team mates, 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 U.S. 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 team mate Landon Donovan as the all-time leading goalscorer for the U.S. with 57 goals in 141 appearances.

Dempsey scored in three World Cups and captained the team at the 2014 tournament in Brazil where they reached the round of 16.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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