Sport Dempsey, Sounders top SKC in tight West race

02:50  13 august  2017
02:50  13 august  2017 Source:   The Sports Xchange

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey (2) celebrates with forward Jordan Morris (13) after scoring a goal during the first half against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.© Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Seattle Sounders midfielder Clint Dempsey (2) celebrates with forward Jordan Morris (13) after scoring a goal during the first half against Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. The Seattle Sounders got a first-half goal from Clint Dempsey to earn a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday afternoon at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

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The victory lifted Seattle (10-7-7, 37 points) into a tie for the top spot in the Western Conference with Sporting KC (9-5-10, 37 points).

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Instead, it's clear that MLS really wanted to put Dempsey in Seattle. Just how much MLS was behind the move became clear early—the Sounders GM (As for MLS covering Dempsey 's transfer fee, that's something the league has openly mooted as a strategy for drawing top -flight international talent.)

After testing the Sporting defense for much of the first half, the Sounders finally found the back of the net in the 36th minute. Jordan Morris crossed from the right side to Dempsey, whose header put the Sounders in front. Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia leaned to his right before diving back to his left, to no avail.

Seattle finished the half with a 7-2 advantage in shots, and a 50/50 split in possession. Sporting controlled 58 percent of the possession in the second half, but had few chances to test Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Sporting had just three shots on goal the entire match. The Sounders now own a franchise-record 395-minute shutout streak.

Sporting's road struggles continued. Through 12 road contests this season, SKC has scored a total of six goals.

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This was a matchup of two hot clubs. Sporting came into the match riding a nine-match unbeaten streak in MLS play (13 straight matches in all competitions), while Seattle extended its unbeaten streak in MLS play to eight straight.

The victory ended Seattle's six-match winless streak against Sporting KC.

Sporting had almost an entirely new starting lineup from the one that faced the San Jose Earthquakes in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, a match that went 120 minutes and was decided in penalty kicks. Only Melia and Matt Besler started both matches.

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Dempsey's last-second PK lifts Sounders past Minnesota, 2-1 .
Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in the final seconds of stoppage time on Sunday night, lifting the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota United. A corner kick by Seattle's Joevin Jones floated into the penalty area, and Minnesota's Jermaine Taylor was called for a hand ball in a scrum of players battling for possession. Dempsey stepped up and drilled his kick to the right side past Loons goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the fourth minute of stoppage.Dempsey's goal was his 11th of the year.Referee Ismail Elfath blew the final whistle as soon as Minnesota kicked off.

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