United States and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey announced his retirement on Wednesday, ending a 15-year career that included three World Cup appearances as he became his country’s joint record goalscorer.
The 35-year-old forward, whose career was halted for six months after the discovery of an irregular heartbeat in 2016, said in a statement the time was right to draw a line under his playing days.
“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,” said Dempsey.
“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.”
Dempsey is one of the most successful US players in history, enjoying spells with English Premier League sides Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur as well as stints in Major League Soccer with New England and Seattle.