The United State Men's National Team will be down one of its greatest stars moving forward. On Wednesday afternoon, Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from professional soccer.
Dempsey, 35, is currently tied for the USMNT all-time record with 57 career international goals. He'll walk away from the game tied with Landon Donovan for the lead.
The former U.S. captain was named the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year three times.
Dempsey released a statement about his decision.
"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. 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.
I would like to thank all of the fans who have supported me throughout my career with the New England Revolution, Fulham, Tottenham, Seattle Sounders and the U.S. Men’s National Team. Y’all have always made me feel at home, and it is something that I will always remember."
Dempsey also took to Instagram to say "thank you" to his fans.
Dempsey walks away from the game with the record for most goals by an American in the English Premier League.