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Rebecca Barbier
Agosto 14, 2017

Clint Dempsey has reached the 50-goal mark for the Seattle Sounders, making him the second player in club history to hit a half-century.

Clint Dempsey played hero for Seattle, with his headed goal the sole difference against Sporting Kansas City.

After regaining control of the ball high on the right wing side, Jordan Morris took it toward the end line and floated a cross into the penalty area.

Credit also belongs to a roster that has overcome injury troubles to allow for a consistent starting eleven, particularly a starting back four of Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Chad Marshall, and recent signee Kelvin Leerdam, who has played all but four minutes of the record-breaking streak.

Dempsey's goal was his team-leading 10th of the season and third in the last two games. The moments that stand out for me were being three-nothing down against New England and coming back. and being down versus D.C. United and coming back. The midfielder said the string of positive results was the outcome borne of a confident team. "When you talk about scoreless streaks, it goes to the goalkeeper, but the team front to back defended well, including Clint in front of Stef". The only area I didn't think we were good today was we really weren't risky in the final third.

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"Things are going really well".

"I think those type of gut-check moments are when a team could fold, but we showed resilience and character".

More records loom to be broken.

Dempsey is inching closer to Fredy Montero's all-time club record of 47 regular-season league goals and 60 in all competitions and Dempsey is showing no signs of slowing down. Seattle is one win or draw away from matching the club's unbeaten streak of nine games, May 28 to July 16 in 2011. The Sounders' path to the 2016 MLS Cup began with a victory against Sporting KC in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.

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