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Clint Dempsey debut set to be a sell out

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Dempsey is a massive signing for the Sounders. (©GettyImages)
Dempsey is a massive signing for the Sounders. (©GettyImages).

Clint Dempsey's home debut for the Seattle Sounders could be played in front of one of the largest MLS crowds ever. 

According to ESPN, the Sounders released a statement claiming to have already sold out the 67,000 seater CenturyLink Stadium ahead of the Sounders vs. Timbers match, via their Twitter page. 

Dempsey, having been announced as having signed for the Sounders on Saturday, sat out of training on Tuesday with an illness, but could make his debut when his side face Toronto away this weekend. 

Sigi Schmid, Seattle Sounders' manager, has said that it is unlikely Dempsey will play a full game against Toronto on Saturday.

Schmid said: "We're still a long way away from Saturday. We'll see how he feels at the end of the day. The likelihood of him going 90 minutes on Saturday is very small. Whether that's starting and coming off or coming on as a sub, we'll have to see."

Dempsey's transfer to the Sounders came as a massive surprise to sporting fans, but will no doubt benefit the MLS in terms of it's attraction to American fans. 

The MLS annually struggles for popularity as it competes with the NFL, NBA and MLB for fan figures, but with Dempsey's move coming at a time when the 30-year-old could have continued to pile his trade for many of Europe's big clubs, is a blockbuster transfer that will no doubt boost ticket sales. 


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