After a wild 48 hours of “Dempsey Watch,” it looks like Sounders fans dreams are finally coming true.
Tottenham star Clint Dempsey will make his MLS return in Seattle after playing for the New England Revolution from 2004-2006.
FOX Soccer host Keith Costigan first reported the Sounders interest in Dempsey August 1 just before 2 p.m. PDT.
The club interested in bringing Dempsey back to MLS is Seattle
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) August 1, 2013
Rumors began swirling after Dempsey was spotted in London Heathrow Airport headed to San Francisco. By that time, Sounders fans had started to gather at Seatac Airport, hoping to catch a glimpse of the international star. Dempsey Watch was in full effect after Jorge Perea tweeted a picture of himself and Dempsey waiting for a flight to Seattle.
— ¡Jorge! (@MrJorgePerea) August 2, 2013
Fans got their hopes shot down less than an hour later when Perea tweeted Dempsey was headed to a different gate. It turned out that the Sounders had gotten word of Dempsey Watch and had sent a plane for him instead.
ESPN FC confirmed that Dempsey would be joining the Sounders after Tottenham released a statement saying that it had “reached agreement with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Clint Dempsey.”
In the article, it was reported that the Sounders would pay a transfer fee of $9 million in addition to a salary of $32 million over four years; both are record highs for the MLS.
With a chance that Dempsey will be in uniform Saturday night against Dallas FC, it makes the game a must-see. As if Sounders fans needed another reason to go to CenturyLink.