Dempsey could play in his first home game on Saturday.
Clint Dempsey is looking forward to being involved when the Seattle Sounders host the Portland Timbers in front of a crowd that will surpass 66,500 people on Sunday. Of course, Dempsey has played on the world’s biggest stages and in front of bigger crowds, but it’s almost always been as a visitor.
“I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when the whole stadium is completely packed and they are behind us,” said Dempsey, was introduced as a Seattle player to a crowd of 40,000 people and likened the experience to a movie. “We’ll feed off that energy and we’ll make sure we give everything we have to let them go home happy.”
Dempsey has been brought up to speed on the importance of Seattle’s game against rivals Portland by his teammate and friend Eddie Johnson, who said it was one of the things he made Dempsey keenly aware of even before the move.
Dempsey’s family have already experienced the Sounders’ support when they watched the team lose 3-1 away to Houston Dynamo.
“They supported their team the whole way through, even when we were losing 3-1,” Dempsey said. “That’s priceless. That’s real fans, and we have to pay them back for that.
“It’s great, it shows they’re passionate, that they’re really behind this team. We want to do well here and we have to start getting results and put ourselves in position to get into the playoffs.”