Seattle Sounders have signed Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey for a fee estimated to be around £6million.
The 30-year-old only spent one season at White Hart Lane following a £6million move from Fulham.
The USA captain scored 12 goals in a total of 43 appearances during his stay in north London, but has now departed after the club signed striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
It was likely that the signing of the Spanish international would have restricted Dempsey's playing time.
Dempsey, who started his career in the MLS with New England Revolution, has returned to his homeland to ply his trade with Seattle Sounders.
The forward said of his move: "I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders.
"Having recently played in Seattle with the national team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from the supporter's first-hand. It's going to be an honour to represent the fans in Seattle."
Joe Roth, Sounders majority owner added: "This is a historic day for Sounders FC and our fans.
"Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club to a higher level.
"We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we will spare no expense to win trophies."
Dempsey has been capped 99 times by his country, and leaves the Premier League having made a lasting impression with most notably Fulham, but Spurs also.
The 30-year-old moved to Fulham in the January transfer window of 2007 in a deal reported to be £2million, making him the most expensive US export to play in the Premier League.
It was in his latter years at Craven Cottage where he hugely impressed scoring 12 League goals in the 2010/11 season then 17 League goals the following season.
This goalscoring ability caught the eye of Liverpool and Aston Villa who both made moves to acquire his services, but the forward moved to Spurs, where he scored seven league goals in 29 appearances.
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