Clint Dempsey's current club, MLS side Seattle Sounders FC, announced today that he will be stepping down from U.S. Men's National Team duty effective immediately. The U.S. soccer legend ends his international career third all-time with 141 caps behind Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157). His 43 appearances in World Cup play (qualifying included) are the most ever in men's team history. Furthermore, his tally of 57 goals for his country ties him with Landon Donovan for top spot all-time.

Clint Dempsey, aged 35, made 14 appearances for his club this year before an intervention by team doctors over a lingering heart condition. Seattle as always, are right on pace to seal a playoff spot in the uber-competitive Western Conference. "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," Dempsey said in statement following the team announcement. "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."

Clint Dempsey has seen his role diminished by the Sounders' acquisition of Peruvian international Raul Ruidiaz back in June. Dempsey will take some time away from the game while he contemplates his next move. MLS is forever thankful he returned when he did, in 2013 whilst at the peak of his powers.