Howard speaking on Dempsey’s move to Seattle Sounders
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says Clint Dempsey’s move to MLS side Seattle Sounders says a lot for how the league is developing. Dempsey becomes Seattle’s third designated player after a move from Tottenham Hotspur, and Howard believes MLS made have an excellent capture. “They made a big push,” said Howard. “Looks like it’s going to be a lot of money, which is rightfully deserved, because he’s a top-, top-class player. The best we have at the moment.”
Howard was speaking after his Everton side lost 2-1 to Ancelotti’s Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in which Ronaldo and Ozil were on target for the Spanish side.
“I don’t think anyone expected it, which is great,” Howard said. “It’s good that you can do your business in quiet and get things done. To be honest, in secret I’ve been saying it for years: I’d like to see them pay some money and bring Clint Dempsey back,” he added. “They’re bringing in some of these other international stars, why not bring the best home? And they did. They weren’t listening to me, but they did it, which is great.”
Seattle’s Dempsey began his career with the New England Revolution in 2004, scoring 25 goals in 71 appearances before moving to Fulham in 2007. He also captains the national team, for whom he has scored 35 goals in 99 appearances.