Soccer fans picking up a copy of video game FIFA 15 will spot a familiar face from the U.S. Men's National Team.
Electronic Arts announced Clint Dempsey will grace the cover of FIFA 15 in North America, joining Argentinian star Lionel Messi.
It's pretty cool, especially to be on the cover of a game that I played growing up, and also in the company of one of the best players in the world, said Dempsey in an interview. It's exciting. Dempsey is captain for the U.S. Men's National Team, which finished a strong run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing in the knockout stage to Belgium. Dempsey also plays midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.
FIFA 15 will launch on multiple platforms on September 23, including PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Interest in soccer in the U.S. has grown over recent years, peaking with the U.S. run at the World Cup. Dempsey says games like FIFA have played a role in growing the fan base.
You start figuring out the rules, so when you watch the games on TV, you're able to understand it more, said Dempsey. It only helps the popularity of the game in the U.S.
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