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U.S. captain Clint Dempsey unveiled as Seattle Sounders FC player

Aug 3, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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SEATTLE — In a moment reminiscent of another major sporting “decision” in recent history, Seattle Sounders FC majority owner Joe Roth asked United States national team captain Clint Dempsey, in front of over 30,000 fans: “Have you made up your mind?”

Dempsey unzipped his hooded sweatshirt at midfield to reveal a Seattle Sounders FC jersey with his name and No. 2 on the back. The crowd roared in the classic CenturyLink Field manner, chants of “Deuce” flowing over the stadium bowl.

“I look forward to getting on the field and playing in front of some of the best fans in the world,” Dempsey said through a microphone. “I think we’ll accomplish some great things here.”

In the south end of the stadium after the national anthem and before kickoff, fans unveiled tifo with the inscription: “Keep Calm and #DempseyWatch,” referencing the Twitter hashtag that followed Dempsey’s journey, culminating in his return to Major League Soccer.

Two days after he was spotted at the San Francisco airport on his way to Seattle, the U.S. captain made his first official appearance in the Emerald City. The whirlwind concluded with the in-stadium presentation five minutes before the Sounders’ scheduled kickoff against FC Dallas on Saturday.

(MORE: Clint Dempsey to Seattle: $9 million fee, $8 million salary sees Deuce back to MLS)

Dempsey went into the Sounders locker room to introduce himself to his new teammates before the game. It was a low-key introduction, one player said, although some were understandably star-struck.

The newest Sounder will be available to the media on Monday.

  1. ndnut - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Even as a Sounders fan, I hope Deuce sits out at Toronto. Then he can debut in Houston, and make his home debut vs. Portscum. Isn’t that a dream scenario.

    • talgrath - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      I believe they announced that he won’t play until the Portland game, since he hasn’t had a chance to practice at all; in theory against Toronto we should do pretty well without him.

  2. phootsies - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Who’s going to wear #2, Dempsey or Yedlin?

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