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Dempsey talks hat trick and Sounders earning point

Here's some of what Sounders designated player Clint Dempsey had to say today after scoring three of Seattle's four goals in a 4-4 draw at Portland:

Thoughts on the match:“It was good. We started off well and then they took the game to us, 2-1. We got back into the game and then in the second half, conceded two, obviously, and that was frustrating. Had a mountain to climb to try and get back into the game. Credit to our team, we showed a lot of character fighting to get a point away from home against our rivals, an important point. I think it’s a building block and something that will give us a boost going into our next game.”

On scoring a hat-trick against the Timbers:“Always feels good to score goals. A little bit sweeter to score against your rivals. But, like I said, at the same time, the most important thing is points. We got a point today and we need to make sure we win our games at home. Make it a fortress and that we’re getting those three points that we need because we need to make sure we push up the table. We have the quality in ourselves, that’s where we should be.”

On the discussion with Gonzalo Pineda before the penalty kick:“He was feeling confident to take it. I was feeling confident to take it. Also, scoring two goals in the game, I was feeling like I was in a little bit of a rhythm. Credit to him for giving me the opportunity to go with that rhythm and build upon that confidence and get that hat trick. Maybe after the game I’ll get him a soda-pop.”

On Seattle’s response to being down 4-2:“I think it helped us a little bit with the change in the formation to a 4-4-2. I thought Lamar [Neagle] came on and created some problems and went at the defenders and made them have to make decisions, got some good crosses in. I thought [Marco] Pappa also had a little bit of a spark. Sometimes you just have to mix things up a bit when things are not going your way, but like I said we’re going to work on our formations. Whether it’s a 4-3-3, a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and figure out what’s best for us moving forward.”

On whether this was his best performance for Seattle:“You always feel good when you’re contributing, scoring goals or getting assists. I’m in a good rhythm at the moment and it’s about continuing that form.”

On his connection with Obafemi Martins:“[Martins] had two assists today. I thought he played well. We need to do a better job of getting him on the ball because he has a lot of skill, a lot of vision and he can create things. Talking with [Martins] we know that we have to play well for this team to do well also, so it’s important to get each other on the ball and combine well and to get that partnership, that relationship of understanding where each other are on the field and that’s building.”

On what coming from behind for the draw says about the team:“It says that we don’t give up. We kept fighting to the end. I think we’ve always showed that, even if you look at the last playoff game here, when we were down by three goals. We never give up. We keep fighting. We keep pushing and that point today felt like more than a point. It almost felt kind of like a win and it’s a little bit of a momentum builder going into next week.”

On getting motivated to play the Timbers:“You don’t need motivation playing against your rivals. It’s a big game for both teams. Both fans want their team to perform well. I think our fans appreciated that character that we showed in fighting back and saving face in terms of getting a point. Especially coming from two goals behind with a mountain to climb, but we’re going to keep building upon this and make sure we’re ready for next week.”