Timeline: Clint Dempsey's rise from college to MLS to the Premier League and back

Clint Dempsey with the Sounders

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USMNT star Clint Dempsey has returned to MLS after seven years in the English Premier League. On Saturday, he officially joined the Seattle Sounders. Here's how he got here:


 

Aug. 2001: Starts first of three seasons with Furman University Paladins

Nov. 29 - Dec. 12, 2003 – Plays just 20 minutes off the bench in USA's QF run to FIFA Under-20 World Cup in UAE

Jan. 16, 2004 -- Drafted by New England Revolution No. 8 overall

Nov. 12, 2004Named MLS Rookie of the Year

Nov. 17, 2004 – Gets 1st cap for USMNT in 1-1 tie vs. Jamaica

July 24, 2005Wins CONCACAF Gold Cup with USMNT, starting in final vs. Panama

Nov. 13, 2005 -- Plays in 1st MLS Cup final, a 1-0 extra-time loss to LA Galaxy in Frisco, Tex.

March 14, 2006 – Suspended two weeks for a fistfight with teammate Joey Franchino during Revolution practice

May 2, 2006 – Named to 2006 US World Cup squad by Bruce Arena

June 22, 2006 -- Scores first-ever World Cup goal, the momentary equalizer in a loss vs. Ghana

Aug. 15, 2006 – Suspended two matches by MLS for violent conduct on elbow that broke the jaw of defender Jimmy Conrad

Nov. 12, 2006 – Comes off the bench in his second MLS Cup final, but Revs lose in a penalty-kick shootout to Houston Dynamo

Jan. 11, 2007 -- Finalizes reported $4 million transfer from New England Revolution to English Premier League side Fulham

Jan. 20, 2007 – Makes Fulham debut in 1-1 home draw vs. Tottenham Hotspur

May 5, 2007 – Scores 1st goal for Fulham in a 1-0 home win vs. Liverpool to ease Fulham's relegation fears

June 24, 2007 – Wins his 2nd CONCACAF Gold Cup with USMNT, starting in 2-1 victory over Mexico

May 8, 2008 – Signs contract extension at Fulham to keep him at the EPL club through summer of 2010

May 24, 2009 – Fulham finish 2008-'09 season an all-time best 7th in the standings and qualify for the Europa League with Dempsey as their joint leading scorer (7 EPL goals)

June 2009 – Scores against Egypt, Spain and in the FIFA Confederations Cup final against Brazil, earning the Bronze Ball of the tournament

Aug. 13, 2009 – Dempsey signs second contract extension with Fulham through summer 2013

March 18, 2010 – Helps Fulham to its most famous European victory, scoring on a chip in the 82nd minute to cap a 4-1 return leg triumph and passage to the QFs

May 12, 2010 – Becomes 1st American to appear in a major European cup final when he took the field vs. Atletico Madrid in a 2-1 extra time loss

June 12, 2010 – With the help of England goalkeeper Robert Green, Dempsey scores the 1-1 equalizer in the opening group match

April 27, 2011 – With a brace against Bolton, Dempsey becomes Fulham's all-time English Premier League goal-scoring leader with 33 tallies

June 3, 2011 – Voted Fulham Player of the Year for the first time

Dec. 5, 2011 -- His 37th English Premier League goal sets new record for an American in the EPL

Jan. 21, 2012 – Becomes the first American to score a hat trick in the English Premier League vs. Newcastle

April 7, 2012 – Dempsey sets Fulham’s single-season English Premier League goal-scoring record with a brace against Bolton Wanderers that took him to 15 goals

April 24, 2012 – Finishes 4th in English Football Writers Association voting for Footballer of the Year behind Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes

June 7, 2012 – Named Fulham Player of the Year for the second straight year

Aug. 31, 2012 – Fulham confirm Dempsey transfer to Tottenham Hotspur on a 3-year contract

Sept. 29, 2012 -- Dempsey's 1st Tottenham goal is the match-winner in a 3-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, Spurs' first away win since Dec. 1989

Jan. 20, 2013 – Gets another dramatic goal against Manchester United, this one a 93rd-minute equalizer in the snow at White Hart Lane to salvage a 1-1 tie

April 11, 2013 – Dempsey's Europa League brace is not enough as Tottenham is bounced from the tournament on penalty kicks by FC Basel

May 29, 2013 -- Named permanent captain of US national team

Aug. 3, 2013 – Transferred from Tottenham Hotspur to the Seattle Sounders