Happy Birthday, Deuce!
Happy Birthday, Deuce!
Forget about the endless Gareth Bale stories, Manchester City’s epic shopping spree, or Bayern’s Thiago swoop. At least to Americans, Clint Dempsey’s surprising return to MLS has been the story of the summer.
It all started with two pictures taken on Thursday, one at Heathrow and the other at San Francisco International Airport, then snowballed into grown men and women on twitter going on a wild goose chase to see where Dempsey would pop up next. Within 24 hours, the rumored agreement between Deuce and the Seattle Sounders was confirmed.
On Saturday night, before the dust of this stunning blockbuster move had settled, Dempsey was officially introduced to a rocking crowd of 40,000+ at CenturyLink Field. The announcement was made with the help of a clever highlights package, set to the tune of Dempsey’s infamous “Don’t Tread” rap video:
Dempsey then pulled off his sweatshirt, and revealed the neon-green Sounders jersey with the familiar number 2 on the back. Of course, that meant the Sounders’ current No. 2, rookie DeAndre Yedlin, quickly had to find a new number:
— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny)
— zk scott (@zkscott)
During Saturday night’s game (in which a clearly inspired Seattle side beat Dallas 3-0) Dempsey also joined the announcers booth during the broadcast, and offered some insight into what made him come back to MLS:
Glad to have you back, Deuce!
Clint Dempsey at Heathrow Airport on Thrusday. (Credit: @mohsinmirza1)
USA captain Clint Dempsey had a bunch of grown men running around an airport at 11 PM last night in a wild goose chase trying to find him.
The madness started with the news that the Seattle Sounders restructured Sharlie Joseph’s contract, opening a Designated Player spot for the MLS club. From there, rumors began circulating about who the Sounders were considering to fill the slot. Some suggested Clint Dempsey, but for the majority of fans, that seemed an fantastical, unrealistic hope. But then a couple of photos surfaced online of Dempsey, first at Heathrow and then later at San Francisco International Airport. Sounders fans feverishly hoped his next stop would be Seattle.
Dempsey at SFO late on Thursday night. (Credit: @MrJorgePerea)
Over the next few hours, the US Soccer community huddled in front of their computers in a sort of, "Where in the world is Clint Dempsey?" hunt. Soccer bloggers obsessively tracked flights online, fans debated the implications of the move, while supporters in Seattle actually ventured to the airport to wait for Dempsey’s arrival.
— Thomas (@Thomas513)
we here http://t.co/GNzVfIN6Bm— Matt Oak (@mattoak)
All exits covered— Matt Oak (@mattoak)
He was on the plane. Where did he go?!— Matt Oak (@mattoak)
While Emerald City Supporters wandered the Seattle airport checking every nook and cranny for any sign of Deuce, fans online filled in the blanks.
I saw Clint Dempsey with a Chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain. #DempseyWatch— Jeff Bradley (@JerseyJBradley)
— Fake JP Dellacamera (@fakeJPD)
— Nick Hollywood (@NickHollywood)
Dempsey never showed, with some eventually suggesting that he might have been on a flight elsewhere, to discuss terms with a Premier League club currently touring the US *cough, Everton, cough,* but regardless, here’s to US Soccer fans for providing a wildly entertaining night.
A bunch of adults chased a player around an airport. Soccer has clearly made it in America.
UPDATE: The search continues. This was spotted in South Lake Union in Seattle.
The captain Clint Dempsey is putting on a show vs. Germany. His second goal of the match was an incredible strike that he buried past Germany’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Dempsey’s two goals helped the USA secure an exciting 4-3 victory against Germany at RFK Stadium.
Sit back and enjoy this golazo again and again.
Clint Dempsey scores the game-winning goal for Tottenham, breaking a winless streak at Old Trafford that stretched all the way back to 1989. What a day for Deuce and for Spurs.