On the night the Sounders introduced designated player Clint Dempsey, the club went out and demonstrated the meaning of star power.
Designated players Obafemi Martins and Mauro Rosales combined for the first goal, and U.S. national team members Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans added later goals as the Sounders (9-7-4) on their way to a 3-0 win over FC Dallas (8-6-8).
The result moved Seattle to a club-record nine-game unbeaten streak at home. Dallas’ winless streak also extended to nine games.
The Sounders jumped ahead in the eighth minute as Rosales launched a free kick into the penalty area, were Martins got his head to it and flicked it past All-Star goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.
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In the 22nd minute, Evans lofted a long pass over the Dallas back line. Johnson beat everyone to the ball and then beat Fernandez one-on-one.
Evans set the final score with a penality kick in stoppage time.
That added up to more than enough as goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann recorded a clean sheet in his Seattle MLS debut.
The game was played before a crowd of 39,360 -- third largest home crowd for Sounders this season.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.Through 60 minutes: Sounders, 2-0.
Second half: ... is under way.
Halftime: Seattle, 2-0. Sounders seem on skates, really seem energized by the crowd ... and perhaps the news.
22nd minute: Brad Evans chips a long pass over the Dallas defense. Eddie Johnson takes it an beats All-Star goalkeeper Raul Fernanez, sending Sounders up, 2-0.
Seventh minute: Those, um, "other" Sounders DPs just put Seattle ahead 1-0. Mauro Rosales free kick headed in by Obafemi Martins.
First kick: ...has been struck. We're under way. Dallas in red hoops/red; Sounders in rave/blue.
Preview: Beyond the Clint Dempsey signing news below, there's also a Sounders soccer match tonight -- a pretty big one in the Western Conference playoff race, for that matter: FC Dallas vs. Sounders.
The game is on KING 5, the usual radio outlets, I'll be blogging here, and tweeting @donruiztnt.