This Sunday, Clint Dempsey really gets welcomed back to Major League Soccer.
After a somewhat underwhelming start to life with the Seattle Sounders—by his lofty standards, at least—the United States international will be the focus of attention as his side host the Portland Timbers in one of the bigger rivalry games of the season.
Over 66,000 fans are expected to descend on CenturyLink field for the contest, making it the biggest home crowd (at club level at least) that Dempsey will have ever played in front of.
I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when the whole stadium is completely packed and they are behind us.
We’ll feed off that energy and we’ll make sure we give everything we have to let them go home happy.
Winning one game is not the sum total of all the Sounders' fanbase started hoping for after signing Dempsey, however—they now have far bigger goals in mind. In that spirit, we make some predictions for Dempsey's much-vaunted MLS return.