In the same week that the Spartans clinched their first Majors Cup qualification, they also announce a coup in the transfer market, the signing of new designated player Clint Dempsey from Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.
Dempsey, 30, returns to the USA at the peak of his career, scoring 60 goals in 200 appearances in the most physical league in the world.
The texas native currently serves as the captain for the US national team, and is expected to miss time next season for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Dempsey will line up alongside Graham Zusi, Tim Cahill and Claudio Bieler to form a potent attack.
Also announced was the release of Camilo Sanvezzo to clear up roster space. Camilo played a large part in bringing the Spartans to the playoffs and majors cup this season, scoring in 9 games in a row down the stretch. He will be missed and the club wishes him well in the future.