There he is!
There he is!
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!
Neymar has finally made the official move to Barcelona, signing a five-year contract with the La Liga powerhouse. On Monday, he was introduced at a press conference and also was brought out onto the pitch for the first time.
Tens of thousands of fans waited for over an hour just to get a glimpse of their new Brazilian striker, and how did the young striker respond? By juggling a ball, of course.
It’s as if the team wants fans to think that by proving that he can keep the ball up in the air for 45 seconds straight, they can rest assured that the rumored 30 million euro transfer fee was money well spent.
Juggling skills aside, Neymar couldn’t hold back his excitement:
"I am very happy, very moved to be a Barcelona player and fulfill my dream. I want to help the team. I have come to add my part so that Lionel Messi continues to be the best player in the world."
Time will tell how the two stars will co-exist, but one thing is for sure, excitement and optimism are running high in Barcelona.