U.S. men's national team captain and Tottenham Hotspur forward Clint Dempsey will make a return to Major League Soccer with the Seattle Sounders. Tottenham announced the deal on its official website on Saturday morning.
"We have reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey," a statement read on Tottenham's website.
Keith Costigan of Fox Soccer first reported Seattle's interest in Dempsey on Thursday, and reports of the 30-year-old at San Francisco International airport set off a flurry of rumors and speculation. ESPN reported the deal as confirmed on Friday.
Meanwhile, Goal has learned that the transfer of the former Fulham and New England Revolution man could be officially announced as early as the club's game against FC Dallas, which starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Dempsey has scored 35 goals in 99 appearances for the U.S. national team. He began his career with the New England Revolution of MLS in 2004, moving to Fulham after three seasons. After six successful seasons with the Cottagers in which he scored 50 goals in 184 league appearances, he signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2012. He made 29 league appearances in his one season with Spurs, scoring seven times.