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Clint Dempsey hadn’t played a game for the Sounders since July, but the announcement of his retirement still rocked the soccer and Seattle sports world.

Tributes poured in, but a formal celebration had to wait until the Sounders’ next match: Saturday vs. Sporting KC. And what better way to kick off the celebration than a full-page ad in Deuce’s honor in that day’s paper?

A full-page ad in Saturday’s Seattle Times.
A full-page ad in Saturday’s Seattle Times.