An expected move became official Tuesday as Sounders FC has loaned Clint Dempsey to Fulham FC of the English Premier League.
The duration of the loan is two months, January and February, meaning the designated player will return to Seattle before the start of the upcoming MLS season.
Dempsey, of course, played for Fulham from 2007 to 2012 and was voted the team’s MVP in his final two seasons. He scored 60 goals in 225 appearances in those five-and-a-half seasons, including one in the 2010 UEFA Europa League final against Juventus. The Cottagers are currently 19th in the standings out of 20 teams, and they could certainly use a boost to get out of the relegation zone.
“It’s feels good to be back,” Dempsey said in the video interview with Fulham (above). “This has always kind of felt like my home in Europe, just excited to be back and be a part of this team and play in this league.”
Dempsey had a clause in his contract with the Sounders for a one-time offseason loan, which was designed for this year ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. He won’t be eligible to play games until after the transfer window opens Jan. 1.