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Dempsey says he'll adjust to FieldTurf

When Clint Dempsey last played at CenturyLink Field, it was on temporary grass brought in for the USA-Panama World Cup qualifier.

When he next plays at CenturyLink Field -- and the time after that, and the time after that -- it will be on FieldTurf.

We asked him today is that figured into decision before signing with the Sounders.

His answer:

“It didn’t play a big part in my decision. It was more about what team wanted me the most, and it’s great to come to an area where soccer is so valued an appreciated. You want to come somewhere in a market where you feel like its Europe. That’s why some people go to Europe, just to be around those types of atmospheres. That played a big role in me coming here. Watching some of the games, you can see that there’s a lot of quality and that they play good soccer. I just look forward to getting on it, adjusting to it, and just seeing what that surface is like.”