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August 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Clint Dempsey becomes ninth designated-player in Sounders FC history

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Sounders FC made U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey the ninth designated-player in franchise history before Saturday’s 3-0 home win. Here is a look at the team’s history with DPs:

— Freddie Ljungberg (signed Oct. 28, 2008 … traded to Chicago Fire on July 30, 2010)
Blaise Nkufo (signed March 4, 2010 … arrived July 17, 2010 … bought out Mar. 15, 2011)
Alvaro Fernandez (signed July 29, 2010 … traded to Chicago on July 27, 2012)
Fredy Montero (re-signed as DP on Dec. 1, 2010 … loaned to Millonarios on Jan. 21, 2013 … loaned to Sporting Lisbon on July 22, 2013)
Christian Tiffert (signed on July 27, 2012 … bought out Mar. 2, 2013)
Mauro Rosales (re-signed on Dec. 13, 2011 … classified as DP before 2012 season … current)
Shalrie Joseph (acquired on Feb. 19, 2013 … agreed to non-DP contract Aug. 1, 2013)
Obafemi Martins (signed on March 15, 2013 … current)
— Clint Dempsey (signed on Aug. 3, 2013 … current)

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“This is a historic day for Sounders FC and our fans. Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club to a higher level. We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we will spare no expense to win trophies.” — Joe Roth, majority owner

“In doing something of this magnitude we had to make sure we had the right player. Clint Dempsey fits that mold. Clint is a proven winner, a leader and a competitor who we believe will raise the bar for this organization on and off the field.” — Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager

“Led by the most dedicated fan base in MLS, the Sounders FC brand has grown each year. Bringing a player of Clint’s caliber into our organization exposes and enhances our profile around the globe.” — Peter McLoughlin, president

“I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders FC. Having recently played in Seattle with the National Team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from the supporters first-hand. It’s going to be an honor to represent the fans in Seattle.” — Dempsey

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