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Video of Clint Dempsey introduction in Seattle

Aug 4, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

Dempsey tifo

Clint Dempsey, typically more stoic and focused than Jason Bourne, even cracked a smile as he said hello to his new home fans.

He also sounded just a bit hoarse, possible the tax of a hectic past couple of days, jetting in from overseas to join Major League Soccer, the league’s most high profile signing since David Beckham joined in 2007.

Before you watch the video below, take some time to enjoy the giant Demsey tifo (pictured). Generally speaking, I’d say the whole “Keep calm” thing has run its course. But cheers to the Sounders faithful for getting this bad boy up stitched together so quickly.

Here is his official unveiling and short speech from Saturday.

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  1. galaxy1313 - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    the league’s most high profile signing since David Beckham joined in 2007″ Actually, Thierry Henry was the mls’ biggest acquisition after Beckham.

    • bellerophon30 - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      I agree with you, and in terms of talent, Henry is right there with Beckham.

      And best American player ever? Eh. I love Deuce, a lot more than Landon, but you can’t ignore what Donovan has done in a US jersey. Leaving aside that John O’Brien, when healthy, was better than both.

      • tariencole - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Agreed on all counts. And that’s leaving aside that both Keller and Freidel were probably better at their positions than any of our field players have ever been.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Well, I suppose we just disagree, don’t we? For a bunch of reasons, I believe Dempsey is a more significant signing. The amount of newsy chatter over the last few days seems to support my side.

  2. mdac1012 - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    The big difference in this situation, which is a plus for MLS is that Dempsey is coming over while still, theoretically in his prime at only 30 yrs old. Beckham and Henry were both clearly passed there primes by a few years when they made the jump.

    Maybe this will help somewhat with the stigma that MLS has with top players that its a league you go to when you are ready to retire. I think that’s what stopped Drogba from coming last year, despite getting a more secure offer from MLS.

    • bayoor75 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Also, Deuce was able to cut it in Europe – in the premiership…and that’s what makes his acquisition larger and more talked about than Landon Donovan’s. He is the only american till date (besides McBride) to start regularly in England.

  3. jpan007 - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    so it was real!!!!!!!!

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