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"We feel that by ruling him out today," Lagerwey continued, "it puts us in the best position to eventually get him back hopefully for the 2017 season." We can only imagine how Clint Dempsey is feeling emotionally during this difficult time, but Dempsey only has to look to his close friend Eddie Johnson for some support and encouragement. Johnson ultimately had to retire after his heart issue.

The Seattle Sounders continue their push for a playoff spot knowing that Clint Dempsey is not part of the plan, which leaves one question: "how to you 'replace' him" going forward.

US Soccer

Men's college soccer sees a switch to spring-fall as vital. As Charles Boehm reports, not everybody is on board.

Christian Pulisic came off the bench Tuesday night, his team was down 2-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo and the mighty Real Madrid. Not once did it faze the 18 year-old Pulisic as he showed his class and set up the equalizer for Borussia Dortmund.

World Soccer

Tuesday's Champions League Roundup.

Sam Allardyce is going out on his own terms as a legendary England manager, undefeated while in charge of the Three Lions in only 67 days on the job.

Francesco Totti is timeless like the eternal city he represents. The 40 year-old is in twilight of his career, but still able to produce memories for scores of fans.

How does a boy from the Bronx - raised on the Knicks and the Yankees -€” suddenly begin a love affair with the beautiful game? The answer is simple. "Honestly, it's all thanks to FIFA."  Some believe that a video game has sold America on Soccer.

Retiring from sports isn't easy for any player, but when a player decides to walk away from the game in their prime there's often a good reason. Meet six players who quit in their prime.

Major League Soccer

Two years ago, Gerardo "Tata" Martino was the coach of FC Barcelona. This past summer he was coaching Argentina's National Team, and next year he will be coaching in MLS with Atlanta United.

Patrick Vieira has brought quiet confidence to NYCFC and it has shown on the field. Friday's win guaranteed that New York City FC, in just it's second season in MLS, will qualify for the postseason

Goals of the Week: A Volley, A Free Kick, and a Few more for fun