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Clint Dempsey scores 50th Sounders goal to help Seattle beat Sporting KC

Clint Dempsey scores 50th Sounders goal to help Seattle beat Sporting KC
From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Clint Dempsey scored his 50th career goal for the Seattle Sounders to provide a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Dempsey headed home from a Jordan Morris cross in the 36th minute to reach the landmark in his fourth full season with Seattle since his return to MLS in 2013.

After regaining control of the ball high on the right wing side, Morris took it toward the end line and floated a cross into the penalty area. Dempsey met it eight yards in front of the net and headed it into the back right corner past goalkeeper Tim Melia.

He became the second player to reach 50 goals for the club after Fredy Montero, who has 60. He has 10 goals this season, and three in his past two games.

The Sounders extended their club-record shutout streak to 400 minutes and pulled level on points atop the Western Conference with Sporting KC, which was playing on short rest after Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup win, and they lost for the first time since May 27.

"It's confidence -- that's what happens when you get on a streak like we are on," Dempsey said of Seattle's current eight-game unbeaten run that's featured five wins. "There are defining moments of the season when a team has to dig deep and show a lot of character. The moments that stand out to me are being 3-0 down versus New England and coming back and drawing that game, and being 3-0 down to D.C. United and coming back to win 4-3.

"I think those type of gut-check moments are when a team could fold, but we showed resilience and character. That helps with momentum."

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