By Simon Pyne
Clint Dempsey will be going back to his old team, New England Revolution, on Sunday as a Seattle Sounder, for the first MLS game he has played there since 2006. This will also be the first time he has played against them.
He left the Revs to go to the English Premier League and successfully play for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur before heading back to MLS with the Sounders, where he is currently displaying scintillating form.
He is already amongst the early contenders for the Golden Boot and so far is showing no let up in his endeavor to succeed back in MLS.
The Sounders have had a great start to the season and are forging ahead at the top of the Western Conference with 22 points collected from 10 games played.
They have scored 11 home goals and 11 goals on the road, and won their last five games so they will be heading into this game instilled with confidence.
The Sounders form needs no introduction, they are playing some great football at the moment and their flowing attacking style is a joy to behold.
(Dempsey will look to get all three points with the Sounders when he returns to New England on Sunday)
The Revs will not be a walkover however, these may be billed as the underdogs but they are stiff opposition for sure.
They have not let a goal in at the Gillette Stadium this season and haven’t lost in their last four games.
They come into this tie with back-to-back wins over Toronto and Kansas and currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, tied with Kansas and Houston so they will be keen to take three points from this tie.
The Revs showed their spirit last week against Toronto, as they came from a goal down to steal all the points with a 2-1 victory. The first time they have ever won at BMO Field, and it was well deserved.
One Revs player who knows Dempsey well enough is defender Andy Dorman as the Welsh international played with Dempsey for over two seasons with the Revs and will have a good insight into what makes the Sounders playmaker tick.
Dorman has also played in England, for Crystal Palace, and in Scotland for St Mirren before returning to MLS in 2013.
Dorman’s return to the Revs as holding midfielder has coincided with them shoring up their defence, and should prove a fair challenge for the Sounders cavalier attackers to try and breach.
If the Revs can steal an early goal they may well try to park the bus across the front of goal.
Though if the Sounders go in front it should be a real ding-dong battle to take the points in this epic tie.
You can see the game on Sunday at 23:00pm UK time.