By IVES GALARCEP
The deal that ultimately helped Clint Dempsey join the Seattle Sounders ultimately came together in a matter of two weeks, and saw both Major League Soccer and the Sounders work together to pull off one of the biggest moves in MLS history.
Sports Illustrated broke down the details of the deal in a story released on Monday. A story that reveals, among other things, that Dempsey was open to playing for Seattle, Los Angeles or Toronto FC, MLS paid the $9 million transfer fee to Tottenham, Dempsey has the freedom to head to Europe on loan this winter, and will be making an annual salary of $6.86 million a year, a new MLS record.
Among the other interesting nuggets in the story is the revelation that the Los Angeles Galaxy is preparing to make Omar Gonzalez a Designated Player, which is part of the reason the Galaxy weren’t an option for Dempsey.
Give the story a read and let us know what you think of the details. Shocked to hear MLS paid the transfer fee? Excited to hear the league is willing to spend big money on marquee players? Who will you be hoping your team steps up to try and land on the international market?
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