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(Seattle Times)   Clint Dempsey moves to the Sounders. What?? Leave the Premier League and move to the MLS while in your prime and not the twilight of your career? It must be the silly season   (seattletimes.com) divider line 64
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2013-08-03 07:07:49 PM
On the surface it seems a silly move, because you could be getting paid and living in any number of awesome Euro cities and learning from the crafty mid table vets in England,Spain Italy etc., but I think he's probably getting raped tax wise so...
 
2013-08-03 07:12:29 PM
There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.
 
2013-08-03 07:24:53 PM

star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.


Not that we'll spend it.
 
2013-08-03 07:35:28 PM

cameroncrazy1984: star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.

Not that we'll spend it.


At least there's Spurs news

/c'mon Wenger there's still time to do something
 
2013-08-03 07:53:02 PM
1) He has a wife and two children, who are not English, and likely weigh in his decision.

2) Playing time was not scarce at Tottenham, but he was also no AVB's preferred player, nor was he generally seen as an automatic first choice selection.  He did score 12 goals across all competitions, so he is clearly a player capable of playing amongst the best.

3) Klinsmann has said repeatedly that it doesn't matter where a player is playing, if they're not getting minutes, they won't feature for the National Team.  With the World Cup in 10 months, and Dempsey being the team Captain, if he thought minutes at Tottenham would be more scarce this year, it makes sense that he'd move somewhere where he's guaranteed to be the first name on the team sheet every week.

4) 4 years, 32 million dollars a year, to live in a relatively awesome city, with polite people, and a good place to raise his family.

5) A good, or great, performance in Brazil next summer would rekindle interest in him, and he'd be well suited for leagues in France, Spain, or Holland where his skill set would be on display in a less phyiscal environment than England, allowing him to offset his age by playing a more skill focused game.  It's not unfathomable that a team from one of those leagues would come calling if Dempsey is able to play well in Brazil.

I can see why he'd do it.
 
2013-08-03 07:53:54 PM
If i remember correctly doesn't the MLS operate on basically an inverted schedule than the rest of the major soccer community? If I were a big name star, id definitely consider going to make some decent money in America in my free time against people I normally would crush.
in the event that I'm not right, however, the dude could still.help pioneer MLS into a viable sport market for the US as a big name, so either way its still a win win.
 
2013-08-03 07:54:05 PM

manwithplanx: cameroncrazy1984: star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.

Not that we'll spend it.

At least there's Spurs news

/c'mon Wenger there's still time to do something


At this point if Liverpool aren't going to sell Suarez for anything less than £55 Million, Arsenal should take that money, get Fellaini, get a defender, get some depth and wait 'till January.
 
2013-08-03 08:03:59 PM
This makes zero sense to me.
 
2013-08-03 08:12:02 PM

organizmx: This makes zero sense to me.


Then you're not looking at it intelligently.
 
2013-08-03 08:17:02 PM

Rwa2play: manwithplanx: cameroncrazy1984: star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.

Not that we'll spend it.

At least there's Spurs news

/c'mon Wenger there's still time to do something

At this point if Liverpool aren't going to sell Suarez for anything less than £55 Million, Arsenal should take that money, get Fellaini, get a defender, get some depth and wait 'till January.


But Wenger has a three step plan, just like every offseason!

1. Buy a relatively unknown youngster from the French League
2. Feign interest in a top dollar talent, but never make an offer with any realistic shot of being accepted
3. Panic and overspend for a reasonable but not elite talent on deadline day

Steps one and two are complete, so he must just be whittling down his list of panic buys right now.
 
2013-08-03 08:25:03 PM

cameroncrazy1984: star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.

Not that we'll spend it.


To be fair, Spurs broke the transfer record getting Soldado and beefed up the front line.  They also got the brazilian midfielder paulinho and will have sandro back.  I think they got a young belgian player as well for the future.  They've done some good business so far this summer and I still think they can hold on to Bale.  If they do end up selling him, I'm guessing they won't do it unless they have replacements ready.
 
2013-08-03 08:25:36 PM

JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: in the event that I'm not right, however, the dude could still.help pioneer MLS into a viable sport market for the US as a big name, so either way its still a win win.


The pioneers have already come and gone. The pioneers were guys like Tony Meola, Preki and Carlos Valderrama. This is the group that has to take things to the next level and start claiming cities for soccer outside the Pacific Northwest. Seattle belongs to MLS. Portland belongs to MLS. They're fighting to claim San Jose. They need some cities further east.
 
2013-08-03 08:28:17 PM

Stimied in a Rut: cameroncrazy1984: star_topology: There is going to be a ton of money to spend once Bale goes.

Not that we'll spend it.

To be fair, Spurs broke the transfer record getting Soldado and beefed up the front line.  They also got the brazilian midfielder paulinho and will have sandro back.  I think they got a young belgian player as well for the future.  They've done some good business so far this summer and I still think they can hold on to Bale.  If they do end up selling him, I'm guessing they won't do it unless they have replacements ready.


Indeed they have. They got crushed in Monaco today (granted, they were missing a few of their starters and had no true central defenders) and if there's any chance, I think Soldado is going to be the proof Bale needs to see in order to stay.
 
2013-08-03 08:35:09 PM
Just ask Eddie Johnson about it. He started his US career on fire (4 goals in his first 4 games or something), took a fat payday to bum around Europe, became utter crap, came back humbled, hungry, and now he's a viable option off the bench for the US. Minutes matter more than the address.
 
2013-08-03 08:50:00 PM
MLS 3.0 is here
 
2013-08-03 09:15:45 PM
I don't see how he'd be anything more than a super-sub at Tottenham this year. Look at all the attacking MFs/FWs they have right now, and Dempsey would have been the least athletic one. I like Demps, but, someone like Lewis Holtby who might not even be a regular starter this year can run circles around him for four hours and on both sides of the pitch.
 
2013-08-03 09:16:57 PM

Gosling: The pioneers have already come and gone. The pioneers were guys like Tony Meola, Preki and Carlos Valderrama. This is the group that has to take things to the next level and start claiming cities for soccer outside the Pacific Northwest. Seattle belongs to MLS. Portland belongs to MLS. They're fighting to claim San Jose. They need some cities further east.


I think you can call KC a real, honest-to-God soccer city at this point. Of course, they have a really good team right now, so we'll have to see how the city responds to lean times before we can call it for sure, but I think they're there.
 
2013-08-03 09:23:44 PM
Demps could have moved to one of the smaller clubs and been in a better situation as far as playing time, so I'll bet his family situation had more to do with it than anything. I hope Sigi lines him up as a second striker, playing just behind EJ.
 
2013-08-03 09:36:05 PM

JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: If i remember correctly doesn't the MLS operate on basically an inverted schedule than the rest of the major soccer community? If I were a big name star, id definitely consider going to make some decent money in America in my free time against people I normally would crush.
in the event that I'm not right, however, the dude could still.help pioneer MLS into a viable sport market for the US as a big name, so either way its still a win win.


Pretty much.  The two schedule formats that soccer normally runs on are the Fall-Winter-Spring (sometimes with a winter break) that Europe does or the two short seasons (one starting in summer, the other starting late winter) that Latin American leagues do.  MLS's Spring-Summer-Fall setup occurs during what is normally international season in the FIFA calendar.

It means you're forced to choose between your club and your national team, but it also means that you also can get loaned out to Europe over the winter.  Landon Donovan has gone to Everton a few times, for example.

I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs.  It seems like the best compromise between FIFA's scheduling demands and the brutal winters of North America.  Not sure how the US sports fan would handle that, though.
 
2013-08-03 10:12:56 PM
playing in the championship would be better for him than the mls and there are plenty on premiership sides that he would be good on if not fitting in tottenham

/should've stayed at craven cottage
 
2013-08-03 10:13:21 PM

ADubs86: Demps could have moved to one of the smaller clubs and been in a better situation as far as playing time, so I'll bet his family situation had more to do with it than anything. I hope Sigi lines him up as a second striker, playing just behind EJ.


Yeh he could have easily gone to a bottom table club or even a Championship club (dont want to start a English Championship v MLS war) and gotten his fair share of minutes but I agree his family and perhaps the tax situation have gotten old.  Probably wants to put down roots back in America since it might be hard to immigrate once his playing days are over.
 
2013-08-03 10:31:07 PM
Last year, when everyone was screaming "OMG! WE NEED DEMPSEY at Liverpool/Tottenham/wherever!", I told everyone to calm down. Dempsey is a nice player and was a big fish in a small pond at Fulham. I told you all that he was not going to elevate your team to the champions league.

Anyway, F*CK YEAH DEMPSEY IS A MOTHERfarkING SEATTLE SOUNDER!!!!!

Also, It is probably not worth noting that 3/5ths of Fulhamerica came back to the states and to play in Seattle.
 
2013-08-03 10:34:37 PM

ADubs86: Demps could have moved to one of the smaller clubs and been in a better situation as far as playing time, so I'll bet his family situation had more to do with it than anything. I hope Sigi lines him up as a second striker, playing just behind EJ.


Yeah, even though fans are stupid and biatched and moaned constantly, I bet Fulham would've taken him back in a heartbeat.


Also, I'm sure this has been asked and explained, but why didn't he have to follow the returning national team player procedure?
 
2013-08-03 10:41:02 PM

Gosling: JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: in the event that I'm not right, however, the dude could still.help pioneer MLS into a viable sport market for the US as a big name, so either way its still a win win.

The pioneers have already come and gone. The pioneers were guys like Tony Meola, Preki and Carlos Valderrama. This is the group that has to take things to the next level and start claiming cities for soccer outside the Pacific Northwest. Seattle belongs to MLS. Portland belongs to MLS. They're fighting to claim San Jose. They need some cities further east.


I'll agree with Palmer that KC is damned near there.  There's not a day that I don't see an SKC sticker, hat, or shirt around.

The market that *could* take off is Boston. Certainly give Seattle/PDX a run for young educated hipsters. Unfortunately, Kraft is apparently just fine with 12,000 or whatever attendance meh Revs games with a meh fanbase.  He's got a stadium out in BFE that would just be sitting empty 350 days a year otherwise. If someone dumped a lot of cash on him, he'd sell the Revs, but would want more than anyone is going to pay (especially since they'd still have to build a stadium, and grease whatever wheels to get an urban stadium location).
 
2013-08-03 10:42:08 PM

CmndrFish: I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs. It seems like the best compromise between FIFA's scheduling demands and the brutal winters of North America. Not sure how the US sports fan would handle that, though.


Given that most games are played on Saturday, MLS would be fighting college football for the same timeslots on a fall schedule and they're simply not big enough to win that fight. A summer schedule gets them on TV.
 
2013-08-03 10:42:17 PM
But seriously, where is Demps going to play? Ideally, you want all three of your DPs out as much as possible, so you'd have EJ and Oba up top, with Deuce as a CAM, but then, you're benching Rosales. Or you play Rosales out wide, but then you're benching Evans or Martinez. OR you play Rosales out wide, and move Evans back to right back, but.................actually that might just work. Gonzales is getting up there in age, granted Evans isn't much farther behind, but it would be good for Evans to get some more time at fullback for his MNT prospects.
 
2013-08-03 10:55:34 PM

CmndrFish: I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs.


First off, I think the two half-season format is stupid, and I wouldn't want to watch it. I realize that's just a personal opinion, but I can't be the only one who feels that way.

Second, the current season is perfect for MLS. At the heart of their season, they're competing with only baseball, which is not growing by leaps and bounds with the youth of America, the group MLS is trying to attract. In the fall, they're competing with college and pro football, which they don't want to do any more than they have to, and when basketball and hockey start up too, that would be killer. Basketball is also a sport with an international flavor and probably overlaps a lot with the MLS fanbase, and hockey would completely capture the attention of the otherwise extremely strong Canadian markets. MLS should just keep doing what they're doing. There will be a lot of pieces to pick up as the NFL deals with concussions, oversaturation, and a general air of criminality, and current generations care less and less about baseball.
 
2013-08-03 10:59:18 PM

Gosling: CmndrFish: I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs. It seems like the best compromise between FIFA's scheduling demands and the brutal winters of North America. Not sure how the US sports fan would handle that, though.

Given that most games are played on Saturday, MLS would be fighting college football for the same timeslots on a fall schedule and they're simply not big enough to win that fight. A summer schedule gets them on TV.


I would actually love to see some research on that.  My hunch is that there is little overlap between MLS fans and college football fans, just based on geographic location of the respective teams and the demographics of the fanbases.  If anything, I would actually think MLB competes more for mindshare during the summer than college football would during the fall, just because MLB and MLS fans have more in common.

That aside, if we're going to already screw up the MLS season when this hypothetical switch happens, it wouldn't be too big of a stretch to move MLS to having the majority of matches played on Friday with USOC/CONCACF CL matches on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to avoid football entirely.
 
2013-08-03 11:05:11 PM
Going to be a long year for Spurs
 
2013-08-03 11:18:59 PM

CmndrFish: Gosling: CmndrFish: I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs. It seems like the best compromise between FIFA's scheduling demands and the brutal winters of North America. Not sure how the US sports fan would handle that, though.

Given that most games are played on Saturday, MLS would be fighting college football for the same timeslots on a fall schedule and they're simply not big enough to win that fight. A summer schedule gets them on TV.

I would actually love to see some research on that.  My hunch is that there is little overlap between MLS fans and college football fans, just based on geographic location of the respective teams and the demographics of the fanbases.  If anything, I would actually think MLB competes more for mindshare during the summer than college football would during the fall, just because MLB and MLS fans have more in common.

That aside, if we're going to already screw up the MLS season when this hypothetical switch happens, it wouldn't be too big of a stretch to move MLS to having the majority of matches played on Friday with USOC/CONCACF CL matches on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to avoid football entirely.


It would probably fark Columbus over.
 
2013-08-03 11:19:03 PM

Palmer Eldritch: CmndrFish: I'd actually prefer if MLS switched to the Liga MX (Mexico) format of two short seasons and a playoffs.

First off, I think the two half-season format is stupid, and I wouldn't want to watch it. I realize that's just a personal opinion, but I can't be the only one who feels that way.


Yeah.  I think it would weird out a lot of American sports fans.  Same with having a single-table, no-playoffs season.  Hell, our system weirds out the rest of the association football world.

Second...

This is something I'd REALLY love to see some research done on.  Conventional wisdom says that you don't want to go to a more "normal" soccer schedule because you have four if not five (NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball) other major sports to compete with an MLS season starting in fall, but I'm really not sure how much overlap there actually is in fanbases.  If you think about the immigrants and young professionals that supposedly make up MLS fans... Wouldn't baseball be more likely to be another passion of theirs?
 
2013-08-03 11:19:13 PM
Calling the winter loan to Fulham now.
 
2013-08-03 11:28:39 PM

CmndrFish: This is something I'd REALLY love to see some research done on. Conventional wisdom says that you don't want to go to a more "normal" soccer schedule because you have four if not five (NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball) other major sports to compete with an MLS season starting in fall, but I'm really not sure how much overlap there actually is in fanbases. If you think about the immigrants and young professionals that supposedly make up MLS fans... Wouldn't baseball be more likely to be another passion of theirs?


I think what makes Kansas City, for example, a successful soccer city is that it has gotten the suburban families to buy in as well. There are several top notch youth programs here, and the moms and dads of the kids playing are taking the kids to the games, along with the young professionals and the immigrants. And after all, it's the people in the suburbs that are usually the ones that have the money to support a professional sports team.
 
2013-08-03 11:45:09 PM
Farking love this!!

/Sounders season ticket holder
 
2013-08-03 11:59:52 PM

CmndrFish: I would actually love to see some research on that.  My hunch is that there is little overlap between MLS fans and college football fans, just based on geographic location of the respective teams and the demographics of the fanbases.  If anything, I would actually think MLB competes more for mindshare during the summer than college football would during the fall, just because MLB and MLS fans have more in common.


Well, I think the Columbus Crew, for one, would be devastated if it had to compete with the Buckeyes for eyeballs...
 
2013-08-04 12:53:48 AM
Glad to see him in MLS again.

A pity the Revs couldn't get him back, though.  We could use the help, both to fill seats and win games.
 
2013-08-04 12:56:53 AM
That said, given that they have Shalrie and Dempsey, once the Revs are out (if they falter - if it didn't take us two months to figure out how to score goals at the start of the season, this team would be the talk of MLS) I'm going to have to bandwagon the Sounders.
 
2013-08-04 01:02:41 AM

birdboy2000: Glad to see him in MLS again.

A pity the Revs couldn't get him back, though.  We could use the help, both to fill seats and win games.


A soccer specific stadium would help the Revs a LOT. Problem is, Kraft treats them like a red headed stepchild
 
2013-08-04 01:18:06 AM

Chupacabra Sandwich: Also, I'm sure this has been asked and explained, but why didn't he have to follow the returning national team player procedure?


Because of his pay (32 million over 4 years) he is considered a Designated Player.
 
2013-08-04 01:18:52 AM

HideAndGoFarkYourself: 1) He has a wife and two children, who are not English, and likely weigh in his decision.

2) Playing time was not scarce at Tottenham, but he was also no AVB's preferred player, nor was he generally seen as an automatic first choice selection.  He did score 12 goals across all competitions, so he is clearly a player capable of playing amongst the best.

3) Klinsmann has said repeatedly that it doesn't matter where a player is playing, if they're not getting minutes, they won't feature for the National Team.  With the World Cup in 10 months, and Dempsey being the team Captain, if he thought minutes at Tottenham would be more scarce this year, it makes sense that he'd move somewhere where he's guaranteed to be the first name on the team sheet every week.

4) 4 years, 32 million dollars a year, to live in a relatively awesome city, with polite people, and a good place to raise his family.

5) A good, or great, performance in Brazil next summer would rekindle interest in him, and he'd be well suited for leagues in France, Spain, or Holland where his skill set would be on display in a less phyiscal environment than England, allowing him to offset his age by playing a more skill focused game.  It's not unfathomable that a team from one of those leagues would come calling if Dempsey is able to play well in Brazil.

I can see why he'd do it.


4.  32 mil to live in this awesome city...so he'll be broke in 6 months.  And for polite...well, unless you're a douchebag with his bike outfit chillin at a Starbucks, you're likely to get yelled at, shot, or stabbed if you so much as Jaywalk...especially Belltown.

That being said, I don't care for soccer...I understand the game is *much* faster in person than on a tv, don't get me wrong.  I just can't call Soccer a sport when we yell at each other for 3 hours and end up in a 1-1 tie.  But for some reason, this player transaction seems like a huge story for some reason.
 
2013-08-04 01:57:13 AM
Great night of soccer in Seattle! Made sure to get to my seats early for the big announcement. The electricity was amazing tonight!  Not only did the Sounders sign one of the 2 best players ever produced by the USA, but that now gives us 3 USMNT players, plus a U-20 National team member. And then we beat Dallas FC, the team above us in the standings, 3-0.

And lest anyone think that being 7th in the West is a horrible spot, please note that every single team in the league has played 2-4 more games than Seattle, and Seattle is just starting to roll and has a shiatload of games in August and September. This is going to be fun to watch!
 
2013-08-04 01:58:07 AM

Fade2black: HideAndGoFarkYourself: 1) He has a wife and two children, who are not English, and likely weigh in his decision.

2) Playing time was not scarce at Tottenham, but he was also no AVB's preferred player, nor was he generally seen as an automatic first choice selection.  He did score 12 goals across all competitions, so he is clearly a player capable of playing amongst the best.

3) Klinsmann has said repeatedly that it doesn't matter where a player is playing, if they're not getting minutes, they won't feature for the National Team.  With the World Cup in 10 months, and Dempsey being the team Captain, if he thought minutes at Tottenham would be more scarce this year, it makes sense that he'd move somewhere where he's guaranteed to be the first name on the team sheet every week.

4) 4 years, 32 million dollars a year, to live in a relatively awesome city, with polite people, and a good place to raise his family.

5) A good, or great, performance in Brazil next summer would rekindle interest in him, and he'd be well suited for leagues in France, Spain, or Holland where his skill set would be on display in a less phyiscal environment than England, allowing him to offset his age by playing a more skill focused game.  It's not unfathomable that a team from one of those leagues would come calling if Dempsey is able to play well in Brazil.

I can see why he'd do it.

4.  32 mil to live in this awesome city...so he'll be broke in 6 months.  And for polite...well, unless you're a douchebag with his bike outfit chillin at a Starbucks, you're likely to get yelled at, shot, or stabbed if you so much as Jaywalk...especially Belltown.

That being said, I don't care for soccer...I understand the game is *much* faster in person than on a tv, don't get me wrong.  I just can't call Soccer a sport when we yell at each other for 3 hours and end up in a 1-1 tie.  But for some reason, this player transaction seems like a huge story for some reason.


90 mins = 3 hours. Well I'll be damned.

It's a huge story because Dempsey is one of the few American players to survive in the Premiership (sorry Donovan) and make an big impact. Last year he had offers by numerous clubs but chose spurs???? This year he chose the MLS some see it as backwards move others not so much. Villas-Boas plays a Spanish Futball and Dempsey doesn't, he really didn't fit within the structure of Spurs. Also Spurs are about to lose Bale but picked up a very expensive Spanish style forward thus, moving the style of play.

The game is played differently throughout the world there are subtleties and nuances that make a successful team.  Spanish passing style, German hardball, English hardball (although not that much any more due to foreign coaches in the premiership, the FA and refs), Brazilian/South American style etc.

The beautiful game is just that. It's a thinking man's sport with beauty and passion all rolled into one. It transcends "sport".
 
2013-08-04 02:07:47 AM

ADubs86: Demps could have moved to one of the smaller clubs and been in a better situation as far as playing time, so I'll bet his family situation had more to do with it than anything. I hope Sigi lines him up as a second striker, playing just behind EJ.


The Sounders are farking stacked at striker now. You already got Eddie Johnson and Lamar Neagle to start the season. Then you pick up a good scorer in Nigerian Obafemi Martins. And THEN you go out and get Clint Dempsey to add to the mix? Like I just said before - this is going to be fun to watch!
 
2013-08-04 02:15:27 AM

Woolwine: birdboy2000: Glad to see him in MLS again.

A pity the Revs couldn't get him back, though.  We could use the help, both to fill seats and win games.

A soccer specific stadium would help the Revs a LOT. Problem is, Kraft treats them like a red headed stepchild


Just pour on the salt why don't you? Don't forget to mention that the Patriots paint will be on the plastic field soon. Farking Kraft.
 
2013-08-04 02:31:53 AM
My God, how bad must be your time be at Tottenham that moving to the MLS is actually an option?
 
2013-08-04 03:39:24 AM

Gosling: JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: in the event that I'm not right, however, the dude could still.help pioneer MLS into a viable sport market for the US as a big name, so either way its still a win win.

The pioneers have already come and gone. The pioneers were guys like Tony Meola, Preki and Carlos Valderrama. This is the group that has to take things to the next level and start claiming cities for soccer outside the Pacific Northwest. Seattle belongs to MLS. Portland belongs to MLS. They're fighting to claim San Jose. They need some cities further east.


Claim meaning established or the dominant sport in the city? I ask because you're vague and the Seachickens and Sharks still exist
 
2013-08-04 03:50:52 AM

mitchcumstein1: CmndrFish: This is something I'd REALLY love to see some research done on. Conventional wisdom says that you don't want to go to a more "normal" soccer schedule because you have four if not five (NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball) other major sports to compete with an MLS season starting in fall, but I'm really not sure how much overlap there actually is in fanbases. If you think about the immigrants and young professionals that supposedly make up MLS fans... Wouldn't baseball be more likely to be another passion of theirs?

I think what makes Kansas City, for example, a successful soccer city is that it has gotten the suburban families to buy in as well. There are several top notch youth programs here, and the moms and dads of the kids playing are taking the kids to the games, along with the young professionals and the immigrants. And after all, it's the people in the suburbs that are usually the ones that have the money to support a professional sports team.


It also greatly helps Sporting KC that they're a competitive team, and the Royals and Chiefs are both dogshiat. It's a lot easier to make new fans when you're successful and your competition isn't.
 
2013-08-04 04:08:30 AM

ADubs86: Demps could have moved to one of the smaller clubs and been in a better situation as far as playing time, so I'll bet his family situation had more to do with it than anything. I hope Sigi lines him up as a second striker, playing just behind EJ.


I like that idea, but Obafemi Martins is just undroppable right now. My guess is Sigi will stick with a two striker system of some kind, Deuce may replace Evans as the starting CAM or he could try a double pivot of Ozzie Evans somehow.

Honestly not sure how they'll fit him in, but he's Clint Farking Dempsey so a way will be found.

As a Sounders fan, I could not be more stoked about this right now.
 
2013-08-04 04:15:49 AM

ADubs86: and move Evans back to right back, but.................actually that might just work.


If you are even CONSIDERING any personnel change that involves taking DeAndre Yedlin off of right back, you are high as a kite. That kid has been amazing from the word go and is the future of this franchise, if Europe doesn't get hold of him first.

/also a Sounders STH
//Section 314 represent
 
2013-08-04 04:20:22 AM

my lip balm addiction: Great night of soccer in Seattle! Made sure to get to my seats early for the big announcement.


Holy Crap that was amazing, wasn't it? I don't think the Sounders could have promoted the whole thing better. Kudos to them for actually keeping the whole thing in some semblance of doubt until they ran the video on the scoreboard.
 
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