Thursday night was a perfect example of how social media has turned the transfer window into a spectacle all in itself.
American soccer fans on the social media site Twitter experienced a ludicrous rumor, internet trolling and finally some realistic thinking all in the span of a few hours.
The reason for all of the hoopla?
Well, that would be United States Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey and a picture that surfaced from a fan using the Twitter handle @MrJorgePerea of himself and Dempsey in the San Francisco airport.
Just hours before the image of Dempsey surfaced, Fox Soccer's Keith Costigan tweeted out that Dempsey could be in line for a potential move to the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.
The club interested in bringing Dempsey back to MLS is Seattle— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) August 1, 2013
With Costigan's tweet and the confirmation of the photo from SB Nation's Jeremiah Oshan, the Twitterverse erupted about the potential news of a Dempsey transfer.
Well, I've been assured by @MrJorgePerea that his photo with Dempsey is real. So, there's that.— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) August 2, 2013
The next step in the Twitter saga came in the same tweet from the fan, who stated that Dempsey was in line at a gate to take a flight to Seattle.
However, that would end up being a false statement, as the fan tweeted one final time that Dempsey had drifted away from the gate preparing the flight to Seattle.
Well, spoke too soon. He just went to a different gate.— ¡Jorge! (@MrJorgePerea) August 2, 2013
With the fantasy about Dempsey rejoining MLS, where he played with the New England Revolution from 2004 to 2006, ending, the reality of his potential business in the United States began to pop up as well.
ESPN's Taylor Twellman tweeted out that Dempsey could be on the West Coast to negotiate a move with English Premier League side Everton.
This would make more sense than the Seattle move, as Dempsey would be able to continue to play at one of the highest levels in Europe in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Everton scenario also seems very realistic because the Toffees are currently out on the West Coast due to their participation in the International Champions Cup.
Roberto Martinez's side played at AT&T Park in San Francisco against Juventus on Wednesday night in a match where they defeated the Serie A giants on penalties.
The next match in the preseason tournament for the Merseyside-based club is scheduled to be played on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
It is highly likely that if Dempsey were to be interested in negotiating with Everton, he would have flown into San Francisco from overseas and then taken a connecting flight to the City of Angels to meet up with the Everton brass.
With all that being said, the news surrounding the Tottenham midfielder has only begun to circulate.
One has to think that if Dempsey were to leave White Hart Lane, it would have to be before the EPL season begins on August 17 so that he can develop a rhythm with his potential new teammates.
Regardless of where Dempsey is employed over the next 10 months leading into the World Cup, the interest in his whereabouts is higher than those of any other American player at the moment.
What do you make of the news surrounding Clint Dempsey on Thursday night?
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