The Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 Saturday, behind Clint Dempsey's MLS-leading seventh and eighth goals of the season. The others came from Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins.
Seattle extends winning streak to three games, unbeaten run to four games and moves at least briefly into a tie atop the MLS standings at 5-2-1.
Colorado falls to 3-2-2. The Rapids had allowed five goals over their first six games before getting torched for four today.
Game played before a crowd of 38,582 at sunny CenturyLink Field.
Some quick postgame notes from the club:
- Sounders FC extends its winning streak to three games and has gone unbeaten in the last four (3-0-1).
- Seattle set the MLS record for consecutive games without a loss in any month with its 14th straight result (9-0-5) in April.
- Clint Dempsey’s brace gives him a league-leading eight goals this season, and has now scored (8) or assisted (3) in all six games he has played in 2014. He also leads the league with 1.33 goals per game.
- Dempsey’s eight goals are two short of his career high (2005) and matches his second best total (2006).
- Today marks Dempsey’s third multi-goal game this season—all in his last four matches—and is the only player in MLS this season to have more than one.
- Obafemi Martins netted his third goal of the season to go along with his league-leading four assists. It marks the second goal against Colorado for Martins, who scored his first MLS goal against the Rapids last season.
- Lamar Neagle is tied-second on the club with three goals this season and has now scored in consecutive games. The Federal Way native is third on the club with nine points in 2014.
- Gonzalo Pineda is now tied-second on the team with three assists in 2014.
-Chad Marshall’s assist on Dempsey’s second goal marks his second of the season, one short of his career high.
- Seattle is unbeaten (6-0-1) in seven home matches vs. Colorado and now leads the all-time series 9-2-2.
- The win snaps a two-game home losing skid for Seattle. The club has never lost three straight games at CenturyLink Field.
- Seattle has now scored in all eight games to start the season, extending the club record.
- Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins together have contributed to 16 of Seattle’s 18 goals this season, including today’s first-half goal.
- Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall, and DeAndre Yedlin have played every minute so far this season.
I'll be back win notes and quotes.
88' Seattle's final sub. Dempsey gets his applause, as Cooper comes on.
75' GOAL Sounders. Oba this time, and richly deserved given all his almosts from earlier. Assist to Neagle. Seattle, 4-1.
69' Brad Evans in to a nice hand; Marco Pappa out, to a nice hand.
62' Rapids get one back in textbook definition of against run of play. Seattle, 3-1. Serna assisted by LaBrocca.
52' GOAL Seattle. Dempsey. Yes again. Sounders, 3-0.
47' GOAL Seattle. Dempsey on the rebound. Sounders, 2-0. Dempsey's 7th goal and sixth straight game with goal or assists.
Second half: ... is under way. No changes for either side.
HALFTIME: Sounders, 1-0. Sounders lead on shots, 6-3; shots on target, 3-1; possession 59.8%
45' GOAL Sounders. Oba-to-Dempsey creates the chance, Neagle finishes. Sounders, 1-0. First first-half goal surrendered by Rapids this season. Ends Clint Irwin's shutout streak at 247 minutes.
First 30: Still scoreless. Better chances still to Sounders, and especially involving Martins. Getting chippy.
First 15 minutes: Sounders had best chance as Neagle pass went just out of Oba's reach in front of goal. Otherwise, sloppy match. Scoreless.
First kick: ... has been stuck. We're under way at sunny-but-windy CenturyLink. Sounders in rave/blue, Rapids in maroon/white.
Lineups: For Sounders: GK Frei; D Yedlin, Marshall, Traore, Remick; M Neagle, Alonso, Pineda, Pappa; F Dempsey, Martins. Sounders reserves: Hahnemann, Anibaba, Barrett, Cooper, Evans, Rose, Scott.
For Rapids: Irwin; Piermayr, O'Neill, Moor, Klute; José Mari, LaBrocca, Sturgis, Serna; Buddle, Torres. (Reigning rookie of the year Dillon Powers unavailable due to leg soreness.) Rapids reserves: Berner, Brown, Eloundou, Hairston, Sanchez, Watts, Wynne.
Pregame: It is a sunny but breezy day in downtown Seattle, two hours before the Sounders begin a three-game homestand against the Colorado Rapids.
The game will begin at 1 p.m. It will be shown on Channel 13/Fox. It will be heard on the usual radio outlets. I'll be adding more news, updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt. We'll also keep this blog going all day.