European recession affecting American players 

January, 14, 2010

In 2005, Clint Dempsey was a rising MLS star who used the CONCACAF Gold Cup as a springboard to national-team prominence, a slot in the following year's World Cup and a new, significantly higher-paying gig in the English Premier League. Now, Dempsey is an entrenched EPL veteran.

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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.