Clint Dempsey http://kplu.org en With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' http://kplu.org/post/win-over-ghana-us-unlikely-star-world-cups-grand-theater <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155126172&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>World Cup fever seems to have swept much of the nation, especially after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on Monday. The U.S. men’s national team is led by captain and Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who scored the first goal in the first 30 seconds of the match.</p><p>As U.S. prepares to take on Portugal on Sunday afternoon, sports commentator Art Thiel&nbsp;says the team's win has changed the expected narrative of the World Cup, or what Art calls "grand theater." Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 17266 at http://kplu.org With Win Over Ghana, U.S. An Unlikely Star In World Cup's 'Grand Theater' Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team http://kplu.org/post/sounders-head-world-cup-break-top-two-players-national-team <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153004579&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle Sounders are on top of the Major League Soccer standings heading into Saturday’s game against the Fire in Chicago. Then they’re off for three weeks while the World Cup is played in Brazil.</p><p>Two Sounders players are on the men’s national team, which has taken them away from MLS play recently. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the Sounders have sufficient depth on their team to handle it. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16976 at http://kplu.org Sounders Head Into World Cup Break On Top With Two Players On National Team After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove http://kplu.org/post/after-rocky-start-sounders-star-and-rapper-dempsey-finally-finds-his-groove <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounders star midfielder Clint Dempsey has made headlines recently. He scored his first-ever hat trick two weeks ago against Portland. Dempsey has scored a total of five goals in the past two games,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://sportspressnw.com/2183270/2014/dempsey-named-mls-player-of-week-again" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">earning back-to-back Player of The Week awards from Major League Soccer.</a></p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says things are finally coming together for Dempsey and the Sounders.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Finally, it's happening. The investment is bearing fruit," Art said.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 16115 at http://kplu.org After Rocky Start, Sounders Star And Rapper Dempsey Finally Finds His Groove Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs? http://kplu.org/post/can-sounders-stop-slide-and-make-playoffs <p></p><p>The Seattle Sounders play FC Dallas in Texas on Saturday. It’s yet another chance for the team to clinch a playoff berth. They’re running out of chances.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says a lot has been going wrong for the Sounders recently.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 10529 at http://kplu.org Can Sounders Stop Slide and Make the Playoffs? High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition http://kplu.org/post/high-hopes-sounders-star-acquisition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Seattle Sounders took a big step toward establishing themselves as a world-class team with this week's acquisition of Clint Dempsey, the captain of the U.S. Men's National Team.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU&nbsp;sports commentator Art&nbsp;Thiel&nbsp;says this is a big deal.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 9563 at http://kplu.org High Hopes for Sounders with Star Acquisition