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Dempsey leaves Spurs on reported $9 million transfer to join Seattle Sounders in MLS.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Monday, August 5, 2013) -- United States striker Clint Dempsey ended six seasons in the English Premier League when he was transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer for a reported $9-million transfer fee.

Dempsey signed a four-year contract as designated player in a deal that could provide the Texas native with as much as $32 million and which reportedly carries a guaranteed base of $4 million per year.

Given the new players coming to Spurs, it looked like Dempsey would be relegated to a substitute’s role. He also has young children and family issues might have influenced his decision to return to the States.

Dempsey started his professional career in MLSwith three seasons (2004-06) as a member of the New England Revolution where he scored 25 goals. He moved to the Premier League for five seasons with Fulham before spending last season with Tottenham

U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden suffered a devastating injury early in the U.S. men’s 1-0 victory over Panama July 28 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship match. Holden tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the 18th minute.

With a projected rehabilitation time of six-to-nine months following surgery, Holden is likely to miss much of the upcoming season for Bolton Wanderers of England’s second-tier League Championship.

Midfielder Brek Shea, who scored two winning goals in the Gold Cup, including the only tally in the final, will miss at least the first month of the new season for Stoke City of the Premier League. He badly strained his left knee’s medial collateral ligament on a foul tackle by Philadelphia Union reserve midfielder Matt Kassel in a July 30 exhibition match in Philadelphia.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes called it “a very, very poor challenge by the boy. . . You don’t expect that. It’s a friendly game. You need to protect your fellow professional. And I don’t think the guy did that. I don’t know who he was. Maybe he was trying to make a name for himself. I don’t know. He went the wrong way about it.”

In England, the Premiership will start play on August 17-18. In the meantime, the League Championship started last weekend.

The only American to play 90 minutes was defender Eric Lichaj, making his Nottingham Forest debut at right back in a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

American defender Zak Whitbread had a tough start to the new season, taking a blow to the head for Leicester City in the 18th minute of a 2-1 decision Saturday over Middlesbrough.

He was carried off the fielde on a stretcher, but an examination showed that he did not have a concussion and he returned to light training. Still, he might not be available Tuesday tomorrow for Leicester’s One Cup first-round match against Wycombe Wanderers of the fourth-division League 2.

German-American midfielder Danny Williams played the final 23 minutes for his new English team, Reading, is a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.

American defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play in Bolton’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector is expected to be out for four-to-six weeks for Birmingham City following surgery to repair a badly broken cheekbone in a training injury suffered several weeks ago. Will Packwood continues his rehab for Birmingham from a badly broken left leg suffered late last season and he has resumed light running. He will be out for some time to come.

Packwood’s leg was broken in four places, including his tibia and fibula, following an innocent-looking collision January 5 with Leed United’s Argentine star striker Luciano Becchio. Recovery is expected to take a year.

In Germany, the Bundesliga does not begin regular season play for another week, but the first round of the DFB Pokal Cup began with its first-division teams facing off against lower-tier opposition. Many top-tier clubs started sides with mostly reserves.

On starter did play for 1. FC Nürnberg was German-American defender Timmy Chandler, who played 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw from which Nürnberg was eliminated after a 4-3 loss in penalty kicks to SV Sandhausen of the 2. Bundesliga.

Chandler received a yellow card.

German-American defender John Anthony Brooks also played 120 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 3-2 extra-time victory over VfR Neumunster of the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nord.

Attacker Sami Allagui found net in the 120th minute to allow Hertha to advance.

German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes for Schalke 04 in a 2-0 shutout tonight of FC Nottingen of the fifth-division Oberliga Baden-Württemberg.

German-American striker Shawn Parker played the final 10 minutes for 1, FSV Mainz 05 in a 2-1 triumph over Fortuna Köln of the fourth-tier Regionalliga West.

U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst dressed, but did not play for FC Augsburg, which blanked Red Bull Leipzig of the fourth-division Regionalliga Nordost 2-0.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo did not dress for Hannover 96's 2-0 win over SC Victoria Hamburg of the fourth-division Regionalliga Nord. Cherundolo continues to rehab after late June arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The club hopes to have himback in action in the enxt week or two.

German-American midfielder-defender Fabian Johnson and American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 9-0 romp over SG Aumund-Vegesack of the fifth-tier Oberliga Bremen.

American goalkeeper David Yelldell was not dressed for Bayer Leverkusen in its 6-1 rout of Lippstadt of the fourth-tier Regionalliga West.

German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales played 90 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 of the 2. Bundesliga in a 4-1 victory over Sportfreunde Baumberg of the fifth-tier Oberliga Niederrhein.

American forward Bobby Wood played the first 64 minutes and delivered an assist for TSV 1860 München of the 2. Bundesliga which prevailed 4-3 in penalty kicks over Heidenheimer SB of the fifth-division Oberliga Baden-Württemberg after a 1-1 draw through regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.

German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the first 59 minutes for 1. FC Kaiserslautern of the 2. Bundesliga in a 7-0 blowout over lowly Neckarsulmer Sport-Union.

In the Netherlands, Icelandic-American forward Aron Jóhannsson had a goal and an assist in 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 4-2 loss to SC Heerenveen. The 22-year-old Johannsson, born in the U.S. but who grew up in Iceland, played for Iceland’s youth teams, but recently filed papers with world governing body FIFA to change his allegiance to the U.S.

Both of his parents are Icelandic. His only connection to the U.S. is he spent the 2007–08 school year playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and its team based in Bradenton, Fla.

Jóhannsson has been called in for the U.S.’s August 14 visit for a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in its 4-0 shutout of Cercle Brugge in the Pro League.

In Austria’s Bundesliga, German-American striker Terrence Boyd dressed, but did not play for Rapid Wien in a 4-2 triumph over SK Sturm Graz.

In Norway’s Eliteserien, Steve Clark was in goal for Hønefoss BK in a 5-2 loss to Aalesund.

U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud played the second half for Rosenborg BK in a 2-0 victory over Sogndal.

U.S. winger Josh Gatt is out for the rest of Molde FK’s season with a bad knee and missed a 2-0 whitewash of SK Brann.

The Eliteserien ends in November.

Gatt suffered the injury June 29 during Molde’s 3-1 victory over Sarpsborg. Gatt, 21, who has made two appearances for the U.S, was to be called in for the recent Gold Cup, but he was replaced by midfielder Brek Shea. Shea went on to score two game-winning goals, including the decisive tally in the 1-0 triumph over Panama in the title game.

In Sweden's Allsvenskan, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Helsingborg IF in its 2-1 loss to Djurgårdens.

American midfielder Brian Span dressed, but did not play for Djurgårdens.

In Denmark's Superliga, American forward Charlie Davies did not dress for Randers FC in its 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen.

American midfielder Conor O’Brien did not dress for FC Nordsjælland, a 2-1 loser to AGF Aarhus.

American defender Babajide Ogunbiyi played the final 14 minutes for Viborg FF in a 4-2 loss at Odense BK.

American midfielder Jonathan Okafor scored his first goal for MYPA in a 3-0 victory over JJK in Finland’s Veikkausliiga.

In Brazil's Serie A, American midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for Bahia in a 3-0 victory over Flamengo RJ. Adu has made only two substitute appearences so far for his new club.

In Mexico’s Liga Bancomer MX, Mexican-American Michael Orozco Fiscal went the distance and American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the second half for Puebla in a 4-2 loss to Jaguares de Chiapas.

Orozco Fiscal. 27, signed a new contract with Puebla on Tuesday. Terms were not released. “I want to succeed here,” he told his club’s web site. “We want to make the make the playoffs. This city deserves it.”

American defenders Greg Garza went 90 minutes, Mexican-American defender Edgar Castillo also played 90 minutes, while American midfielder Joe Corona played the first half and 18-year-old midfielder Paul Arriola played the final 25 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 2-1 loss to Morelia.

Arriola assisted on Club Tijuana’s goal.

Herculez Gomez, who moved to Tijuana from Santos Laguna, remains out with a knee injury.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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