Clint Dempsey

Seattle Sounders

Sounders GM lays out offseason plan

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There's a good chance that the team could sign a TAM-level player soon, but Garth Lagerwey doesn't seem to be in a hurry to sign a new Designated Player.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Perhaps the most notable thing about the list of players whose options the Seattle Sounders exercised on Tuesday was how long it was.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Clint Dempsey on decision to return to MLS: “I wouldn’t change a thing”

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Dempsey makes it clear he still feels as though there's work left to do, though.

Most Seattle Sounders fans would probably agree that Clint Dempsey's decision to return to MLS worked out pretty well. When healthy and available, he's produced at a solid clip and the team experienced some of its best seasons while he was here.

Los Sounders ganan el Oeste y van de nuevo a la Final contra Toronto FC

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Se vale repetir. Por segundo año consecutivo los Seattle Sounders FC obtienen el título de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS al superar fácilmente al Houston Dynamo 3 0 en el partido de vuelta y 5 0 en el marcador global. Y la ciudad de Toronto es de nuevo el destino final para ... Seguir leyendo Los Sounders ganan el Oeste y van de nuevo a la Final contra Toronto FC →

Dempsey on target for Seattle as Dynamo fizzle in MLS

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Clint Dempsey got on the scoresheet as the Seattle Sounders defeated Houston Dynamo 3-0 to set up a repeat MLS Cup final showdown with Toronto FC on Thursday.

Veteran striker Dempsey rammed in Seattle’s second goal of the night as the defending champions completed an emphatic 5-0 aggregate victory to advance.

Major Link Soccer: Who wants a Zakuani/Dempsey Christmas single?

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Also: conference finals, and book spine poetry hype

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I think most fans would consider winning the MLS Cup a pretty great holiday gift by itself, but Steve Zakuani says he and Clint Dempsey have a special thing planned for Seattle if the Sounders repeat.

If they win, there's 100% a Christmas single coming from us https://t.

Report: Clint Dempsey agrees to one-year deal to remain with Sounders

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Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders face the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference finals in the coming weeks but, win or lose, it won't be the forward's last season with the club.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that Dempsey has agreed to a one-year Designated Player deal to remain with the club.

Clint Dempsey wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year

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Dempsey dominated the media portion of the vote to edge out Federico Higuain.

Clint Dempsey has been named the 2017 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. He's the second Seattle Sounders player to win the award, joining Eddie Johnson who won it in 2012. The 34-year-old edged out Federico Higuain, who was returning from a knee injury.

Fotos | Seattle Sounders FC 2 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Maturing Sounders grind path to conference finals

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The defending champion Seattle Sounders are returning to the Western Conference finals for the fourth time in the last six years, a feat currently unmatched in Major League Soccer. But it has not been the easiest title defense, not by any stretch.

"It has been a challenging season, to say the least," said Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer after the Sounders knocked the Vancouver Whitecaps out of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

Fully appreciate buildup to Clint Dempsey’s goal in slow-motion

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LevyFilms, as usual, does a great job capturing more than just the final moment.

SEATTLE -- With the match lurching forward in frustrating fashion, the Seattle Sounders needed a breakthrough. Clint Dempsey will get the credit for the goal. Harry Shipp and Will Bruin at least got assists. But the hardest, and probably the most important, work was supplied by Cristian Roldan.

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"Big-time players make big-time plays, right? Tonight, you saw [Clint] Dempsey making some big plays." -Brian Schmetzer

Patience and relentlessness were the key for the Seattle Sounders as they worked to break down the Vancouver Whitecaps' defensive posture in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Clint Dempsey’s game-winner should be heard in Spanish

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Such a good goal.

SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey continued to show why he's one of the best big-game players in American soccer history, grabbing the game-winner and then adding an insurance goal in the Seattle Sounders' 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday.

The first goal was especially impressive, featuring some quality buildup and a classy finish.

Regresa Dempsey y sus dos goles ponen a los Sounders en Final de Conferencia

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Los goles que faltaron en el BC Place de Vancouver el domingo pasado, Clint DEMPSEY se los tenia guardado para esta noche. No uno, sino dos. Y con eso, los Sounders FC han vencido al rival Cascadia de Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0 en semifinal de la Conferencia Oeste de la MLS. Ahora deberán esperar ... Seguir leyendo Regresa Dempsey y sus dos goles ponen a los Sounders en Final de Conferencia →

Dempsey brace sends Sounders to Western Conference finals

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SEATTLE It rained, it poured, it thundered. And the soccer wasn't much prettier. But at the end of a damp night the defending champion Seattle Sounders were on their way back to the Western Conference finals.

Neither the Sounders nor the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps played attractive soccer in either match of this two-legged, aggregate-goal series.

MLS playoffs roll on, Metros fans disciplined & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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Also, can Montreal sports teams handle ALL film opps going forward?

Hi. If watching Sunday night soccer while packaging canned beer to ship for a trade is living the dream, then I've got it made in the shade brother.

So the Seattle Sounders (minus Clint Dempsey) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (with 3 defensive midfielders in their starting XI) played the 0-0 tie that everyone expected yet dreaded nonetheless.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats, and quotes

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"That's a pretty tough group, a pretty resilient group. So, yes, it's nice to have those extra couple of days. But at the same time, being in [the locker room], they want to play." -Brian Schmetzer

Despite losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in the first half, the Seattle Sounders took care of business at home, completing their 2017 regular-season campaign with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids that secures them a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Seattle Sounders vs. Philadelphia Union: Player ratings

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Clint Dempsey proved his importance coming off the bench.

The rollercoaster season of the Seattle Sounders continued, with an away loss to the Philadelphia Union the latest result in an up-and-down week. Losing 0-2 on short rest all the way across the country isn't incredibly surprising, especially in light of Seattle's lineup changes.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-0 Seattle Sounders

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Goals from Marcus Epps and Roland Alberg gave the Union a 2-0 win over Seattle.

Clint Dempsey leads seven Seattle Sounders called into international duty

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He'll face off against teammates Roman Torres, Joevin Jones in World Cup qualifying.

As the United States enters the final round of World Cup Qualifying, they will only have one Seattle Sounders player on the roster — Clint Dempsey. The former USA captain is now a rotational player under Bruce Arena, and he leads CONCACAF in scoring in the Hex.

Three questions with Sounder At Heart

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We spoke with Dave Clark of Sounder At Heart SB Nation's Seattle Sounders blog, about the upcoming match between the Union and Sounders.

Eugene Rupinski, Brotherly Game) Seattle started slow but has lost only once in their last fifteen.

Sounders get their groove back, rout Whitecaps

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SEATTLE Maybe a loss was just what the Seattle Sounders needed, the slap to the face required to start playing with the urgency demanded by a tight Western Conference playoff race.

Coming off a loss that snapped a 13-game unbeaten streak but also extended a five-game winless stretch, the Sounders played with energy and panache from the start on Wednesday night, running around and passing through the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps, romping to a 3-0 victory in front of 41,868 at Century Link Field.

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Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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Oba's still doing Oba things

Seattle:

These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey's immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle's cup defense ends, he'll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins' strike has lead his team to a lead in the first leg of China's FA Cup final.

Six Sounders rank among top MLS jersey sellers

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The Sounders and Atlanta United combined for nearly half of the top 25.

Not so surprisingly, Seattle Sounders fans like buying jerseys featuring players from their favorite team. So it makes a lot of sense that the list of the top 25 MLS jersey sales is pretty well dominated by Sounders.

MLS put out its annual list of best-selling shirts — through MLSstore.

Major Link Soccer: The USMNT prepares for Panama

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Can Clint Dempsey be the difference-maker again? Will the World Cup 2022 really be in Qatar? Also, Raleigh's stadium plans take a hit.

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At the espnW Women + Sports summit, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird both addressed attendees, with Rapinoe wondering why the NWSL and the Reign in particular struggle to attract large numbers when the WNT has such a strong following.

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Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps, live stream: Game time, TV schedule and lineups

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Leg 2 of the Western Conference Semis is on FS1 at 7:30 PM. Watch with us.

The Seattle Sounders advance if they win. It's rather simple. If they lose to the Vancouver Whitecaps, or there is a goal-scoring draw then the 'Caps advance. Extra Time and possibly penalty kicks are only possible with a 0-0 draw.

Nos Audietis, Episode 264: Featuring Gonzalo Pineda

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It wasn't always pretty and it wasn't always good, but the Sounders secured the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The Sounders actually managed to make the most out of their stretch run, winning 3 of 4, including their final two by a combined score of 7-0. The only problem is that they lost Clint Dempsey to a red card, which comes on the heels of losing Gustav Svensson in the penultimate game and Osvaldo Alonso the game before that.

United States

Clint Dempsey’s international future very much in doubt

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This was almost certainly his final meaningful match for the USMNT.

With the United States needing a goal to secure a spot in the World Cup, it somehow made sense that it was Clint Dempsey who came closest to scoring it. The width of the goalpost was all the separated Dempsey from scoring a record-breaking goal when his country needed it most.

Seven and a half questions to answer after the US loss

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It will take years for the answers to be apparent.

With the United States failing to qualify for the World Cup there are many questions swirling around the game in the USA. Some won't be answered for about five years, others will be answered in months. Some are difficult and will impact the game in this nation for decades.

Roman Torres says he’s fine after injury scare

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International break didn't turn out to be quite as busy for the Sounders as expected.

This international break was shaping up to be a busy one for the Seattle Sounders, with a record nine players called up to their respective national teams. In the end, though, it wasn't all that.

Only Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) started in two games, while Oniel Fisher (Jamaica), Roman Torres (Panama) Clint Dempsey (United States) and Jordan Morris (USA) were the only others to even start one.

The Rest

Clint Dempsey’s stripped down game is perfect for a stage like this

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It's another opportunity for Dempsey to bolster his "big game" credentials.

Clint Dempsey's legacy seems secure, regardless of what happens on Saturday. The discussions about the greatest player in American men's soccer player are unlikely to be swayed either way. The debate about whether or not it was a good move for him to return to MLS will rage on.

Dempsey raring to go as Sounders eye MLS repeat

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Clint Dempsey is looking forward to playing a leading role as the Seattle Sounders prepare to revisit history in a repeat Major League Soccer Cup final showdown against Toronto FC on Saturday.

Twelve months after stunning Toronto in a penalty shoot-out to lift the MLS crown for the first time, Seattle will again line up against their Canadian rivals as the curtain comes down on the North American season.

Clint Dempsey ‘at peace’ with USMNT legacy even if international career is over

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Dempsey gives no indication he's itching for any sort of formal send off.

History will likely be very kind to Clint Dempsey's international legacy. If the game against Trinidad & Tobago turns out to be his final appearance for the Stars and Stripes, he'll finish with the third most caps in USMNT history, tied for the most goals and being the only American man to have scored in three World Cups.

News roundup: Harrisburg’s fascinating revamp, sordid Columbus news, more

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The USL's Harrisburg side will become Penn FC, a partnership with youth soccer conglomerate Colorado Rush. Also, more awful news out of Columbus from their movie bad guy owner, and interesting stuff from around U.S. and world soccer.

Relocation frenzies, NASL club folds, and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks November 16 2017

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It was a bad day for #SavetheCrew and other fans of teams staying put

Good morning! There was a lot of soccer news yesterday so let's get to it.

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In huge NWSL news, Real Salt Lake will replace FCKC in the upcoming NWSL season.

USMNT must learn from mistakes of failed World Cup

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If you've been following the U.S. Men's National Team for the last few years, Tuesday's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup isn't a total surprise.

The steps that were taken since the round of 16 loss to Belgium in Brazil set the USMNT up for failure in the long term.

There's a myriad of issues you could point at from keeping Jurgen Klinsmann around after Brazil for another World Cup cycle to not giving enough chances to the new generation of stars that goes far beyond Christian Pulisic.

Clint Dempsey’s importance has never been more apparent

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Sounders looked completely lost until Dempsey entered game.

The fun, apparently, wasn't meant to last.

As good as the Seattle Sounders looked in their midweek clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps, they were equally as bad in the first half against the Philadelphia Union. The Sounders didn't take a single shot, rarely looked remotely dangerous and were probably lucky to go into halftime only trailing 1-0.

Clint Dempsey isn’t the problem

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Sounders forward could certainly be better, but the blaming is starting to get out of hand.

In the scope of a single season, 13 games is a pretty big chunk. In fact, it's nearly 40 percent of the season. So it almost goes without saying that a unbeaten streak that has stretched that long is impressive.