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Dempsey: Timing was right for move to Sounders
by Paul Kennedy, August 6th, 2013 12:37AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] For two years, Seattle Sounders management would inquire with Clint Dempsey's agent about his status. And the response from Lyle Yorks was always the same. "No chance. No chance. No chance." Even this summer as rumors circulated that Tottenham was ready to deal the U.S. national team captain, the response Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer got was the same. "No chance." All that changed a few weeks. Dempsey's response when an offer to move to the Sounders came? "For sure."

Dempsey had already begun preseason training with Spurs and traveled with it to Hong Kong, but he said timing was right for a move.

"I've been in Europe for six and a half years," he said, "and I just wanted to come home. Each year was getting more difficult to go back. I was already starting to get the itch. And I think everything just has to do with timing. The Seattle Sounders moved mountains to get me here. It was an opportunity to come back when I was in my prime and continue growth in the league and it's a challenge."



Timing was right specifically for a move to the Sounders as Dempsey's recent trip to Seattle with the U.S. national team ended up impacting greatly his decision:

-- He was impressed with the fans and city when the USA played Panama in June. The night the team arrived in town from Jamaica, the Sounders were playing Vancouver, and as he had walked to dinner, he was amazed that bars and restaurants were filled with fans watching the Sounders' game.

"You say, 'Wow!'" he said. "I never thought I'd see the day. I grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas, where it was like, 'What are you doing playing soccer?'"

-- During his stay in Seattle, Sounders keeper Marcus Hahnemann, who had played with Dempsey on the national team, took Brad Davis, Stuart Holden and Dempsey out fishing.

"I foul-hooked a minnow," said Dempsey, who loves fishing.

Dempsey said he had no regrets about leaving the Premier League and wanted his children to be able to grow up in the United States and have the same experiences he had.

"Everybody is their own man," he said.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said any decision on where and how long Dempsey would play Saturday at Toronto FC would be made after practice this week.

The Sounders will be away the next two weeks and then play archrival Portland Aug. 25 at home. What was already big home game just got bigger. Seattle has already sold more than 60,000 tickets for Dempsey's first game at CenturyLink Field.

Dempsey Press Conference:


6 comments
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 7:29 a.m.
    Seems like a good deal.

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
    $$$$$ He should do it when he is at maximum value. Good move for him. Not good for USA Nat team.

  1. Ben Lukas
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.
    Hey Galaxy, the price to keep Landon just went through the roof!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.
    Wow, the way SA and other coverage is treating the "return" of this guy, one would think it is the "second coming..." or wait, isn't the third-fourth-or something like this? We'll just gonna hafta wait and see if Sigi can handle this feller from Texus!

  1. John Soares
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.
    Ric, It IS the second coming. The first being Donovan. I would expect/hope you to be more positive about having the top two American players playing in the MLS. Walt, Seems to me Donovan hasn't lost much by playing in the MLS!?

  1. StrikerBob Norman
    commented on: August 6, 2013 at 12:38 p.m.
    Where to play The Deuce is our favorite past time now. I think he belongs as the attacking midfielder hooking up with Ozzie. Brad was brilliant there last week, but he plays well anywhere. Maybe he goes on the back line in place of Leo, and gets the experience he needs for the national team. I love Leo; he's tough, fast and gives 110%. He doesn't deserve this. This does keep Mauro on the wing, but he hasn't played well most of the season. If he goes, then I would put Brad at right mid and keep the back line intact. Lamar has to stay as a starter at left mid. He has been our most dangerous player all season and is always making plays. Put Oba on the left side with him and get that chemistry going again, while Eddie and Mauro or Brad will be on the right. What a team! Go Sounders!


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