Portland, Seattle meet in Dempsey’s home debut

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Portland, Seattle meet in Dempsey’s home debut

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Aside from his head coach, Brad Evans is about the only one who has been there for all the moments, games and events that have helped define the Seattle Sounders and the wild success of the franchise.

Sunday night will be another one of those memorable events for the Sounders when the second-largest crowd for an MLS regular-season game — about 67,000 fans — is expected to see the home side face rival Portland in Clint Dempsey’s first home match with Seattle.

The Sounders have played twice with Dempsey, both on the road in Toronto and Houston. It’s just luck of the schedule that his home debut comes against Seattle’s most heated rival with CenturyLink Field having been sold out for a couple of weeks.

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