Former Fulham midfielder explain move to MLS
After six years in England, establishing himself as one of the USA’s most valuable assets, Clint Dempsey has shunned Europe and headed back to America.
The 30-year-old has taken a lot of criticism for his move to Seattle Sounders, because although improving, the MLS is regarded by most of the Global footballing elite as a second tier league.
A place where youngsters make a name for themselves before heading to Europe to make their fortune, or where players like David Beckham and Robbie Keane who at the tail end of their careers can no longer handle the rigours of a season in the top leagues.
Speaking to Goal MLS, Dempsey sites the re emergence of the MLS as one of the reasons he returned: “You go to Europe for two things: One, to play at the highest level possible, and two, to play in place where the game that you love is highly valued.”
“To come here, some of the best fans in the world -it lets you know right there that you’re playing in one of the best markets for how they value the game – the game that you love, the game you grew up playing where people looked at you funny when told them what you wanted to be and what you wanted to do…
“That lets you know that you’re in the right place, where people feel as passionately about the game as you do. It’s about going on the field and playing the way you love the game.”