Dempsey, lumberjacks and 67,000 fans: Seattle and the MLS's North-West hotbed

If Clint Dempsey thought that the 67,385 supporters present at his Seattle Sounders home debut were there to greet him personally, then the former Spurs man would have been quite wrong.

Nearly 70,000 would have come to CenturyLink Field anyway: the accursed Portland Timbers were in town, looking to take down their hipster, coffee-slurping regional rivals.

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