19
Jul

Clint Dempsey earns spot on FIFA 15 Cover

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Seattle forward Clint Dempsey returned from the World Cup to find out he had landed another honor: a place on the cover of FIFA 2015.

Dempsey is the first American player to land on the cover of the game since Landon Donovan in 2011. He will share the duties with Lionel Messi when the game hits the shelves in September.

"It’s crazy," Dempsey said in a phone interview on Friday. "It’s really cool. I was a fan of the game growing up, playing with my friends. Going from playing the game with my friends to being able to play with my own player in the game and now being on the cover, it’s something that’s pretty special. It’s an honor."

It is also a sign of Dempsey’s cultural relevance in a World Cup year and the increasing influence of MLS on the whole. The popularity of the game — and the presence of the U.S. captain on the cover of it — offers yet another entry point for emerging fans. If Dempsey’s presence prompts more players to opt for MLS sides instead of Barcelona or Real Madrid, then it is exactly the sort of development that can help the league moving forward.

Those broader concerns matter in the long term for a league still seeking to expand its foothold among the general population, but the cachet afforded by Dempsey’s place on the cover reaps immediate benefits, too. Β 

"I’m super excited that Clint’s on the cover," Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin said. "I think the fans not only in Seattle, but throughout America will really like it and appreciate because Clint is such a familiar face in soccer, especially in America. I think everybody’s really going to like it. I’m excited to see the response."

Dempsey dons his Sounders FC alternate jersey on the XBox version of the cover (Seattle has the Xbox logo on the front of its kits) and wears his international jersey on the PS4 cover.

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Photos courtesy of EA Sports

4
Aug

Sounders appropriately introduce Dempsey with his “Don’t Tread” rap video

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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:

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, andΒ  offered some insight into what made him come back to MLS:

Glad to have you back, Deuce!

29
Sep

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.