Here's some of what newly signed Clint Dempsey had to say about his Sounders debut Saturday in a 2-1 win at Toronto:
Did it feel just to get on the field and play? Yeah for sure. There has been a lot of talk, a lot of speculation, a lot of media stuff for me but what I enjoy is being on the field and playing. It’s what I dreamed about as a kid, being a professional soccer player, and to be able to do that when you are on the field it is home. So it was good to get on the field and get some touches, mix it up with the boys and to get familiar with this league again.
How does it feel to be back in the MLS? The league is good, it’s getting better. The quality and the competitiveness is getting better. You are seeing more soccer specific stadiums, you’re seeing bigger crowds come out to games and you’re seeing more franchises pop up in MLS so it shows that there is an interest for it, it shows that there is a demand for it, and it’s good to be back here and to help continue to grow the game here.
Below is some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say about Dempsey's debut:
What did you think of Clint Dempsey? I think Clint did well. Obviously he hasn’t played in a game in two and half a weeks or so, so once you get your rhythm back it will make a big difference. His understanding of our players and our guys is something that will grow as well. We ended up having to bring him in a little sooner than expected but I was happy with him.
Considering he only had a couple training sessions with the team how do you think he did with the group? I thought he did alright and I think it’s going to get better.