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September 13, 2006

GOING . . . GOING . . .


by @ 11:55 am.
Filed under Major League Soccer

 . . . yeah, he’s gone.

Clint Dempsey making it very clear he’ll not be re-signing with MLS when he deal expires the end of next season. So, you can go ahead and put your money down now: the over/under on Deuce’s departure for Europe is January 2007.

The transfer windows are closed, and the Revs would have a fit anyway, should the league sell him just as the playoffs are getting here. Clint will take his 80k for this season, try to make as big a splash as possible, and wait for the offers. MLS knows they have to get rid of him soon, becuase once he’s out of contract, they get bupkus in transfer fees when he leaves.

Personally, I think the league was right to reject the offers that came from Europe over the summer. No one thinks the kid is only worth $1,000,000 in the open market. Not the clubs in Europe, not MLS, and certainly not the young man his own self.

He needs to lead New England deep into the playoffs, and make some highlight-reel goals between now and then to maximize his price. If he does, I’d be shocked if he was sold for less than $5,000,000.

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