86R18658 CW-D
  By: Clardy H.R. No. 833
         WHEREAS, Texas native Clint Dempsey announced his retirement
  from professional soccer in August 2018, drawing to a close an
  exceptional career that spanned 15 years; and
         WHEREAS, Raised in Nacogdoches, Clint Dempsey gained
  valuable experience as a youth by playing for the Dallas Texans and
  with a local adult league; he went on to star at Furman University,
  helping the Paladins secure two NCAA tournament berths and
  garnering All-American recognition; and
         WHEREAS, Opting to turn professional after his junior season,
  Mr. Dempsey was selected by the New England Revolution as the
  eighth overall pick in the Major League Soccer draft, and he earned
  the 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year award to jump-start his three-season
  stay with the franchise; he next enjoyed a lengthy tenure with the
  Fulham and Tottenham clubs in the English Premier League, becoming
  the first American to compete in a major European final; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Dempsey was equally impressive as a member of
  the U.S. men's national squad; he played in his first World Cup
  tournament in 2006, and he took part in the 2010 and 2014
  competitions as well, becoming the first American to score goals in
  three different World Cups; in addition, he participated in four
  Gold Cups and is one of the most decorated players in the history of
  the U.S. men's team; and
         WHEREAS, Returning to the MLS in 2013, Mr. Dempsey became a
  member of the Seattle Sounders; sidelined due to a health issue for
  much of the team's 2016 league championship run, he returned to the
  soccer field in 2017, leading Seattle in scoring and helping the
  team to appear in a second consecutive MLS Cup Final; he received
  the league's Comeback Player of the Year honor for his achievements
  that season, and he is also a four-time MLS All-Star; he closed out
  his career on July 25, 2018, when he played his final professional
  game with the Sounders; and
         WHEREAS, Revered as a trailblazing athlete who distinguished
  himself in both the U.S. and abroad, Clint Dempsey has earned a
  place among the all-time great American soccer players, and he has
  furthered the Lone Star State's reputation for sports excellence;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Clint Dempsey on his exemplary
  professional soccer career and extend to him sincere best wishes
  for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Dempsey as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.