Major League Soccer has spent much of the past week highlighting its recent growth and touting its promise for the future. It now can point to one of the most significant signings in league history to back up its bullish perspective.
The Seattle Sounders reportedly agreed to purchase United States captain Clint Dempsey from Barclays Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur , sources told FOX Soccer on Friday night.
Dempsey, 30, is expected to seal the move over the next couple of days to cinch his return to MLS and wrap up a whirlwind courtship involving people snapping photos in airports to chronicle his movements, several denials along the way and a surge of interest when it became apparent the improbable deal would come to fruition.
The audacious swoop constitutes nothing short of a dramatic statement of intent from Seattle and a sign of inherent faith from Dempsey in the league he left after the 2006 season.
At that juncture of his career, Dempsey felt he needed to leave New En...