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Dempsey-Martins nearing Kemp-Payton status

One of the most thrilling moments of the Seattle Sounders win at Colorado turned out to be an utter dud.

In the 29th minute, Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins found themselves on a 75-yard, two-on-two break down the center of the field. Martins carried for about 50 of the yards before trickling a botched pass hopelessly out of Dempsey’s reach.

So, nothing. (That time: Martins would later make up for it in spades.)

But still, the eight seconds it took for Dempsey and Martins to counter up the pitch were about exciting as any in Seattle sports -- ever. As I tweeted last night, it was like Griffey tracking a long fly to the wall. As radio host/author Mike Gastineau added, it was Payton on breaking down the right side with Kemp speeding down the left. The result might be a strikeout or a home run, a block or a dunk. But you may hardly breathe and you certainly don’t look away.

Now in their third season together in green, Dempsey and Martins have earned that iconic status: Kemp-Payton, Griffey-Edgar, Kreig-Largent.

They are the most entertaining and dangerous tandem in Major League Soccer.