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Report: Dempsey to join Seattle's MLS squad

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U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey is expected to be introduced as a member of the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, perhaps as early as Saturday, reported Friday.

According to the report, Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is finalizing the transfer Dempsey to the MLS team.

It's unclear what the transfer fee was for the 30-year-old midfielder-forward.

Sounders general manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer declined to comment Friday.

Seattle announced Thursday that it signed veteran midfielder Shalrie Joseph to a new contract. That opened up a designated player spot by restructuring Joseph's existing deal, allowing the Sounders to pursue a high-priced star.

Dempsey played in the MLS with the New England Revolution from 2004-06 before being sold to Fulham in January of 2007.

Dempsey moved from Fulham to Tottenham a year ago for a fee of $9.6 million, and scored seven Premier League goals in 29 games in 2012-13.

His 35 international goals rank second alltime among Americans.
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