Clint Dempsey and Steven Gerrard keep pace in Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy match

Lay any remaining doubts about Clint Dempsey's place in the American soccer landscape to rest. 

The Seattle Sounders forward has once again topped the list of best-selling adidas MLS jerseys, this time fending off expansion and name-brand imports – and in some cases, both – to claim peak position for the second straight year.

Dempsey, who led Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy) and Kaká (Orlando City SC) in the top three, joins Robbie Keane (No. 11) and Graham Zusi (No. 13) as the only players to return to the Top 20 after appearing on the list in 2014. New York City FC teammates Andrea Pirlo and David Villa rounded out this year's top five.

Take heart if your favorite summer transfer appears less loved than your supporters' muscle could provide; the rankings are based on overall retail sales of adidas MLS jerseys on since the beginning of the 2015 MLS season, so midseason arrivals are at a bit of a disadvantage. Expansion side NYCFC matched the Galaxy with four players each; Seattle, Orlando, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC each placed two.

Eight members with US national team caps appeared (Dempsey, Brek Shea, Mix Diskerud, Zusi, Gyasi Zardes, Lee Nguyen, Wil Trapp and Sacha Kljestan), as did two Homegrown Players (Zardes and Trapp) and 13 Designated Players (Dempsey, Gerrard, Kaká, Pirlo, Villa, Obafemi Martins, Frank Lampard, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Keane, Sebastian Giovinco, Zusi, Didier Drogba and Giovani dos Santos).

Top 20

  1. Clint Dempsey
  2. Steven Gerrard
  3. Kaká
  4. Andrea Pirlo
  5. David Villa
  6. Obafemi Martins
  7. Frank Lampard
  8. Bradley Wright-Phillips
  9. Brek Shea
  10. Mix Diskerud
  11. Robbie Keane
  12. Sebastian Giovinco
  13. Graham Zusi
  14. Dom Dwyer
  15. Gyasi Zardes
  16. Didier Drogba
  17. Giovani Dos Santos
  18. Lee Nguyen
  19. Wil Trapp
  20. Sacha Kljestan