It’s commonplace for our society to rush to social media when something major happens. Today was no different when news broke that Clint Dempsey was officially retiring from professional soccer. Teammates, teams, rivals, et al., took to the information superhighway with well-wishes as Clint Dempsey headed off into the sunset. Here’s a round-up of some of the best posts.
The greatest we’ve ever produced, @clint_dempsey. #ThankYouDeuce ✌️— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) August 29, 2018
➡️: https://t.co/DLRWZZhdAV pic.twitter.com/iDlfb76U3l
As to be expected, the Sounders’ digital media team pulled out all the stops to honor Clint. If you can only consume one piece of their content, watch this tribute video.
Enjoy your retirement, thanks for the memories @clint_dempsey #ThankYouClint pic.twitter.com/DnvUdl7N0A— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 29, 2018
Diehard MLS & USMNT fans knew about Clint for a long time, but it was at Fulham where Clint introduced himself to the international soccer fan.
Happy retirement, @clint_dempsey! pic.twitter.com/eZxNLidjZ4— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2018
His time at Tottenham was brief, but he sure made an impact.
All the best in retirement to Seattle and American soccer icon @clint_dempsey!#ThankYouDeuce pic.twitter.com/OhsollVGKZ— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 29, 2018
Some #SeattleLove from the team that plays across the street.
New England Revolution
Congrats to @clint_dempsey on an amazing career! #ThankYouDeuce— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) August 29, 2018
Where it all started for Dempsey.
I remember first time I saw @clint_dempsey play. He was a long-haired rookie so I already liked him, but when I saw the courage & personality in his game I immediately knew he was special. Players like Clint only come around so often, feel so fortunate I got to play by his side. pic.twitter.com/HZyWjz4MCs— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) August 29, 2018
Come for the touching tribute to Clint Dempsey, stay for the picture of young Chad Marshall.
Game recognizes game.
Statement regarding @SoundersFC forward Clint Dempsey’s retirement from professional soccer https://t.co/y9eXgtPWnX pic.twitter.com/u7UME21NBP— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) August 29, 2018
Do you think Garber is sad that he can’t suspend Dempsey just one more time?
THREAD: Since the @clint_dempsey era is over I’m gonna tell y’all a story. Bear with me as this is a bit of a yarn but as a Texan speaking about a Texan it’s the only way it can be told. pic.twitter.com/jZAMWjePGy— Shawn Francis (@TheOffsideRules) August 29, 2018
Of all the social media posts put up in Clint’s honor, this is by far the most entertaining. Definitely click through to read the entire thread.
An absolute legend in our game who helped change the perception of what It means to be an American footballer. It was an honor to suit up with you and always a challenge to go up against you.— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) August 29, 2018
✌ @clint_dempsey #ThankYouDuece pic.twitter.com/P0JGeI1Tpj
Possibly the next USMNT legend to retire reflects on Dempsey’s career.
Congrats @clint_dempsey on an incredible career. Your passion and creativity brought our game to a new level. Wishing you and your family the best. Thank you.— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) August 29, 2018
One of the few Americans who can say they had a better career than Clint.
Deuces✌️to the of men’s soccer! Thank you @clint_dempsey for your relentless passion and inspiration. Cheers to all the memories on and off the field. What a legendary career. Happy retirement bro!!#DeuceIsLoose #DontTread #ThreeAmigos #Roomie #ThankYouDeuce pic.twitter.com/unbQkcGOIp— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) August 29, 2018
Clint’s longtime national team roommate could use some work on his hashtags, but nonetheless it’s a good post.
That’s my brother right there and everyone in the soccer world knows it. Loyalty,trust,love and respect since day one. From youth national team days to the Senior national team was an honor to have played in a World Cup with him and should of been at least one more lol. Had the opportunity to play along side him on the senior team over a decade, @fulhamfc and @soundersfc and it’s awesome to witness his achievements first hand. I remember back in the days as roommates all the things we dream of accomplishing and my brother @clint_dempsey you can check every goal that you wrote down off your list. The greatest to ever wear the shirt but a even greater person father and husband and brother love you bro and I’m so proud of you and the amazing career you had #Deuce ❤️ ⚽️✊
Eddie and Clint need to star in a buddy cop movie together.
What an incredible career. It was an honor to play with and against Deuce so many times ⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️ https://t.co/5jR0CFaqxU— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 29, 2018
National team goal scoring legend respect national team goal scoring legend.
This was only just a sampling of dozens-upon-dozens of posts honoring Clint’s retirement. If you find one that’s interesting, feel free to drop it in the comments.