Tottenham ace Dempsey and his US teammates are preparing for Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier with Panama at CenturyLink Field, where a crowd of more than 37,000 is expected, and the atmosphere is likely to electric.
“I’m good friends with Eddie Johnson, and he always tells me what it’s like playing here – playing in front of the fans, just how it’s an atmosphere that’s comparable to what it is in Europe,” Dempsey said.
“It’s great to see, because I remember when I first started out in MLS, things weren’t like that. So it’s great to see that the game is building and that there are markets like this where people have passion for the game.
“I almost felt like I was in another country the other day when the Seattle Sounders game was on – I was walking to get dinner, and just walking past a bar, the TV was on and everyone was watching soccer.
“So for me that was awesome. I’m happy to play here and I’m looking forward to the game and what that atmosphere will be like. Hopefully we’ll be celebrating three points.”