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FIFA panel rejects U.S. youth clubs' payment claims related to Bradley, Dempsey transfers

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber has ruled against two U.S.-based youth clubs who were seeking solidarity payments related to the transfers of two U.S. players, according to documents obtained by ESPN FC.

Sockers FC Chicago was attempting to receive a cut of the transfer fee - which FIFA rules stipulate it is entitled to - from Michael Bradley's move from Roma to Toronto FC in 2014. In a similar vein, the Dallas Texans were trying to obtain payment for Clint Dempsey's transfer from Tottenham to...

FIFA set to rule on solidarity payment cases involving U.S. youth clubs - sources

The Chicago Sockers are attempting to receive payment from the transfer of Michael Bradley from Roma to Toronto FC.

FIFA's Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) is scheduled to meet next week to rule on a trio of solidarity payment-related cases involving the transfers of American players, sources have told ESPN FC.

Each case involves a U.S.-based youth club attempting to receive solidarity payments as mandated by FIFA's Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP).

Crossfire Premier, based in Redmond, Washington, are seeking payment from the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders to Tottenham...

Clint Dempsey: Former U.S. Soccer star makes half-time appearance at Fulham

Former United States and Fulham star Clint Dempsey returned to Craven Cottage on Saturday when he was introduced to the crowd at half-time in the home game against Watford.

Dempsey, who announced his retirement last month, played for Fulham from 2006 to 2012 after signing from Major League Soccer's New England Revolution and scored 50 Premier League goals for the London club in six seasons there.

He struck one of the most famous goals in their history, chipping home against Juventus to seal a dramatic...

Seattle Sounders pay tribute to Clint Dempsey after U.S. star's retirement

Clint Dempsey announced his retirement from football on Wednesday. Not only is the 35-year-old the U.S. men's national team joint all-time leading scorer, he holds the same honor with the Seattle Sounders as well.

And on Saturday, the Sounders paid tribute to the forward. Dempsey and his family were presented to the crowd at CenturyLink Field ahead of the Sounders' match against Sporting Kansas City.

It didn't end there, though. There were videos posted to the club's social media feeds,...

Clint Dempsey's career defined by big moments for U.S., Fulham, Seattle

With some players, counting down their most memorable individual moments is a disservice to their overall bodies of work. Soccer is a game of subtleties, and to pick out only the highlights can feel like an oversimplification -- consider guys like Xavi and Andrea Pirlo, for whom the appeal was their ability to control entire matches as if holding an invisible string.

With Clint Dempsey, it feels more apt. For Dempsey, who retired on Wednesday and finishes his career tied for the all-time goal-scoring...

Is Clint Dempsey the U.S. men's national team's greatest player ever?

With the news of Clint Dempsey's retirement from professional soccer, ESPN FC turned to several of its U.S. soccer and MLS writers to ask whether the U.S. men's national team's joint-leading goal scorer is also its greatest player ever.

Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle)

Answering the question of whether Dempsey is the greatest U.S. men's player isn't as easy as it sounds. There have been a few goalkeepers -- Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel, Tim Howard -- who have at least been Dempsey's equal in...