Updated Aug 26, 2013 - 6:26 am
Record Crowd Cheers Clint Dempsey's Home Debut and 1-0 Victory Over Portland Timbers
Clint Dempsey, the Sounders' newest and priciest acquisition, made his first home appearance in front of 67,385 on Sunday night. His debut added to the Cascadia derby intensity against long-time rivals, the Portland Timbers.
Forward Eddie Johnson scored the lone goal on a header from midfielder Mauro Rosales. His tally provided the margin to send the Sounders into fifth place in the Western Conference.
"The ball got out wide to Mauro and I just had to attack," Johnson said. "I knew it was going to be a frustrating game, but for me I wanted to use my experience and when the opportunity came rise to the occasion."
Dempsey took his fair share of lumps from Portland's defenders. He noted the physical nature of MLS in his post-match press conference.
"It's going to be physically played. It's a man's game," Dempsey said "You just have to keep getting up and try to figure out ways to avoid challenges and try to get good looks-try to play people through, try to get shots on goal."
Despite failing to score in his third match as a Sounder, Dempsey remains optimistic.
"I'm happy with the way things are going," the former English Premier League player said. "I feel like I'm getting stronger every game in fitness and my quality of touches, and the looks that I'm getting, and it's only a matter of time before it starts falling in the net for me."
Below is the video of Portland and Seattle supporters in action, and some of the pre-match festivities.
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