Clint Dempsey’s curling free kick from almost 30 yards is among the nominees for goal of the week in Major League Soccer.
But for all of the individual skill in that one, it was Dempsey’s other Saturday goal that was the talk of Seattle Sounders FC training today.
Much of the reason is because it wasn’t only Dempsey’s goal.
His was the last foot to strike the ball before the it went into the net and into the books as the game-winner in the 3-2 victory at FC Dallas. But several other Sounders contributed along the way, each playing an important role in a goal that coach Sigi Schmid might be one of the best that will be scored in the league this season.
“I’m so extremely encouraged by our ability to continue to fight and battle and find ways to win,” Schmid said. “You look at the last goal that we scored, and that’s as good a goal as you’re going to see this year in the league. It was just the overall play.”
Dempsey’s second goal of the day – and MLS-high sixth goal of the season – started with reserve Marco Pappa carrying the ball in from midfield and sending a pass forward to Obafemi Martins. Martins one-touched it back to Dempsey near the top of the penalty arc. Dempsey carried forward for two touches before sending the ball to reserve Chad Barrett on his right. Barrett one-touched the ball back to Dempsey, who knocked it over charging Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.
“That’s how you want to play the game,” Dempsey said. “A great ball in to Pappa. Pappa did a good job of getting the pass in to Oba. Oba a good layoff to me, and then Chad opened up, I tried to get him the ball, and he was unselfish and was able to play the ball across to me. It’s just moving the ball well around the box and creating good chances for ourselves, and getting the guys good looks.”
A few other notes from today:
Midfielders Brad Evans (calf) and Andy Rose (hamstring) trained Tuesday, but their availability for Saturday is yet to be determined.
Also, sormer Sounder Sammy Ochoa was named USL Pro player of the week Tuesday after recording two goals and an assist in Wilmington’s 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Ochoa played in Seattle from 2011-13.