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A look at Dempsey's run by the sizzling numbers

A few Clint Dempsey numbers from the Sounders:

- 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.

- Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins together have contributed to 16 of Seattle’s 18 goals this season, including today’s first-half goal.

In light of those, coach Sigi Schmid was asked if Dempsey's run is about as sizzling as any player he's had.

"Yeah, pretty hot," Schmid said. "In 2002 with Carlos Ruiz with the regular season and the playoffs averaged a goal a game. That’s a pretty incredible run for a whole season. But I think Clint’s got, what now, eight goals? And he’s only played in six games – one he played off the bench for us. So it’s as good a streak. I don’t know what the records are – so many goals, in so many games – but he might be setting some of those."

Dempsey as asked how his ranks with his hottest hot streaks.

"The year that I scored 23 with Fulham, I was on a pretty good run there," he said. "But yeah, it feels good. We’re on a good rhythm as a team. We have a good locker room. And I think that shows on the field and in our play."

More from Dempsey:Clint Dempsey – Sounders FC Forward

(On the game…) “It was good work from everybody. Good, quick play, quick transition of the point of attack from the midfield. Getting the ball wide—Pappa and Neagle also contributing, Ozzie and Pineda with the good passing and getting us the ball in good spots and we were able to make things happen with link-up play through each other, as well. I would have to say it’s a team effort.”

(On the team’s current run of good form…) “I think it’s our team confidence and getting in a good rhythm of play and building off of that. You can see that the link-up play is really good throughout the whole team and we’re creating opportunities for each other. It’s not just me and Oba. Other players are making a difference and getting in good spots and we’ve been able to finish opportunities.”

(On getting creative and trying different things…) “That’s what it’s about. That’s when you enjoy your ball the most, when everybody’s contributing and everybody feels valued. We didn’t get frustrated in the beginning of the first half…we kept plugging away and were able to get that goal going into half that gives you a little bit of a lift and know that coming out in the second half, if we can keep that pressure on them and get some more chances then we’ll be able to take the game to them and start putting down some good performances at home.”

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