Sounders star Clint Dempsey, left, acknowledges the crowd after his second goal on a second assist assist from teammate Obafemi Martins, center, to give Seattle a 3-0 first half lead in the Oct. 25 regular-season finale vs. Real Salt Lake, with a playoff berth on the line.
Sounders star Clint Dempsey, left, acknowledges the crowd after his second goal on a second assist assist from teammate Obafemi Martins, center, to give Seattle a 3-0 first half lead in the Oct. 25 regular-season finale vs. Real Salt Lake, with a playoff berth on the line. Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com
Sounders star Clint Dempsey, left, acknowledges the crowd after his second goal on a second assist assist from teammate Obafemi Martins, center, to give Seattle a 3-0 first half lead in the Oct. 25 regular-season finale vs. Real Salt Lake, with a playoff berth on the line. Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com

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