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August 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Clint Dempsey: MLS and the Sounders, they moved mountains to get me here.

Here is video of the first interview with new Sounders FC designated player Clint Dempsey. He was interviewed on the KING-5 broadcast during halftime of Saturday’s 3-0 win against FC Dallas.

The team also provided transcription (and as an added note, there will be a formal press conference with Dempsey on Monday afternoon):

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(Why MLS and why Seattle?) “Well, the opportunity came up. Going into the season, I thought I was going to be at Tottenham, but MLS and the Seattle Sounders, they moved mountains to get me here. I am excited to be back in America. I love being here. This is the league that gave me my opportunity, gave me my chance to be a professional. I’m happy to come back in my prime and be able to make a difference and not come back when I was passed it.”

(Are you hoping to have an instant impact despite being having been in preseason with Tottenham?) “Yeah, hopefully. That’s the ideal situation: you want to come in and get straight to scoring goals. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition and I’m excited about coming up here. The atmosphere of the game here is just incredible. It’ll be good to hang out with you and Marcus.”

(What can you say about taking DeAndre Yedlin’s jersey number?) “It’s a hostage negotiation situation. I’ve talked with him and I’m sure that there will be some type of compensation and we’ll work it out.”

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