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US and Sounders striker Clint Dempsey retires from soccer

All Clint Dempsey ever wanted to do was score goals and go fishing.

He'll have plenty of time to do the latter after deciding his goal-scoring days are over.

In true Dempsey fashion, he's stepping away from soccer on his own terms, with minimal fanfare on his own part but amid a swell of appreciation for what he's meant to the American game.

"It's a little bit of a sad day because we won't get to see him play, but at the same time you can also use this day as a celebration for some of the great things he has accomplished in his career," Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said.

Dempsey announced Wednesday that he's retiring at age 35 after 15...