Seattle Sound Jubilant Note as USMNT Captain Clint Dempsey Is Unveiled

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterAugust 4, 2013

The Seattle Sounders rolled out the red carpet in style to welcome new signing Clint Dempsey to the club.

The United States captain has joined the Major League Soccer side after leaving Tottenham Hotspur following just one season with the North London club.

But if the forward was in any doubt about his move to Seattle, the welcome afforded to the player by the club and almost 40,000 supporters inside CenturyLink Field will have assuaged his thoughts.

The 30-year-old has cost Seattle a fee of around £6 million, according to BBC Sport, which is the same figure Spurs paid Fulham for his services just before the 2012 summer transfer window closed.

Dempsey scored 12 goals in 43 appearances for Tottenham last season, but his first-team opportunities would have been limited this year following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

Dempsey left the New England Revolution in January 2007 to join Fulham in the Premier League, and he went on to score 50 times in 84 league appearances for the Craven Cottage club.

The forward was linked strongly with Liverpool and Aston Villa last summer before Andre Villas-Boas made him one of his first signings as White Hart Lane manager.

Dempsey, who was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, will now link up with former Fulham teammates Marcus Hahnemann and Eddie Johnson in Seattle.

Sounders owner Joe Roth declared the signing as "an historic day" for his MLS team, saying, "Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club to a higher level. We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we will spare no expense to win trophies."

Dempsey was given the all-star treatment in front of the Sounders supporters on Saturday night as he was unveiled at CenturyLink Field.

The USMNT skipper, who has earned 99 caps for his country, wore a hooded sweatshirt at first before slowly revealing a Sounders jersey to the sell-out crowd when Roth asked him which club he had chosen to play for in the MLS.

Dempsey then went on a lap of welcome around the ground before Seattle's 3-0 win over FC Dallas.