Shocking the United States soccer landscape, Clint Dempsey just inked a four-year Designated Player contract with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.
The transfer is a massive splash for the MLS as Dempsey is a season removed from scoring seven goals in the English Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur.
He is also wildly popular among U.S. soccer fans.
The move follows a recent trend of USMNT players leaving Europe and heading back to U.S. soil to ply their trade on familiar ground.
Defenders Carlos Bocanegra and Clarence Goodson, both longtime USMNT mainstays each recently inked their own MLS deals, the former with Chivas USA and the latter with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Three such transitions in such a short period of time begs the question: Is the trend of U.S. national players making the moving away from Europe to MLS something that will continue in the future?
As such, here are three other Yanks that could potentially be sporting MLS shirts sometime down the road.
Hercules Gomez has had a fine few seasons in Liga MX, scoring goals in bunches for Santos Laguna. He currently plays for Club Tijuana after making the change during the Liga MX summer break.
Gomez has spent a good chunk of his professional career scraping around MLS clubs, the most recent of which was with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City).
The Mexican-American recently questioned MLS commissioner Don Garber in regards to why his MLS rights were still owned by the Kansas City-based club.
Such an inquiry only leads one to wonder if and when Gomez might return to MLS. If he is so interested in which team owns his rights, then the odds of him mulling a return might be favorable.
If he did end up in America’s top flight of professional soccer, Herc would surely be an asset for whichever club he lands.
Jermaine Jones is one of the German-Americans who have seen significant playing time for the USMNT under Juergen Klinsmann. Currently employed in the Bundesliga for Schalke, Jones is playing quality football at some of the highest levels in the world.
That does not mean that a switch to the U.S. might not be in the realm of possibility for the physical central midfielder.
According to this ESPN piece by Jeff Carlisle, Jones has developed quite the affinity for the nation he represents on the international level. He has even gone as far as buying a home in Los Angeles to be near his father’s family.
Should Jones desire a change in career it is not outrageous to consider that he try and sign with one of the Los Angeles-based clubs in MLS.
Tim Howard likely will not move back to MLS until after the three years left on his contract with Everton are finished. After that, though, there is no guessing where the USMNT No. 1 goalkeeper could land.
Last year, he was on record suggesting he is greatly interested in finishing his playing career back in the states, as reported by FoxSports.com's Soccer by Ives.
Additionally, he recently commented to MLS Soccer on the Clint Dempsey signing, saying how pleased he was that an MLS club forked over enough cash to bring on the U.S. star.
A former New York/New Jersey MetroStar, the New York Red Bulls seem a natural fit should Howard head home to MLS.
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