Dempsey fails to equal MLS record as Sounders left “disappointed”

Seattle Sounders were left disappointed following their 0-0 home draw with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night, and the goalless draw means Clint Dempsey failed to equal an MLS record.

The 32-year-old attacker went into the game with a goal or assist in ten consecutive games, and was just one game from tying the record of 11 straight games.

Roy Lassiter, Ronald Cerritos and Mauricio Cienfuegos all picked up a goal or an assist in eleven straight games at the end of the nineties but Dempsey was unable to join them.

Sporting Kansas City travelled to CenturyLink Field to take on the Sounders after a midweek win against New England Revolution and despite being underdogs they were able to hold out for a point.

Seattle Sounders fans behind the Sporting KC goal at CenturyLink Field (Photo: Denisemccooey©)

Seattle Sounders fans behind the Sporting KC goal at CenturyLink Field (Photo: Denisemccooey©)

Sporting KC frustrated Seattle and limited their Western Conference rivals to just one shot on target, preventing Dempsey from taking his place in the record books.

“We’re disappointed with the tie at home,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said after the game.

“We always want to win when we’re at home. I thought we had more possession, they played certainly deeper right from the beginning of the game. In a game like this you’re not going to get 10 or 15 chances. You’re only going to get one or two and you need to finish them when you can. That didn’t fall for us today.”

Sigi Schmid looks on during Seattle's game against Sporting Kansas City (Photo: Denisemccooey©)

Sigi Schmid looks on during Seattle’s game against Sporting Kansas City (Photo: Denisemccooey©)

Dempsey wasn’t helped by the absence of Obafemi Martins once again this week as the striking duo have built up an impressive partnership and without the Nigerian, the USMNT star’s options are limited in the final third.

Dempsey and his Seattle teammates return to action on Wednesday night against the Colorado Rapids at CenturyLink Field and will be hoping to return to winning ways.

How disappointed will Clint Dempsey be with not entering the record books? Was the draw a bad result for Seattle?


Seattle Sounders head coach Schmid hails “sublime” Martins and Dempsey

Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has talked up the ability of strike partners Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey following their 6-0 preseason win over FC Tucson on Wednesday.

Dempsey bagged himself two goals in an emphatic performance, and although fellow forward Martins wasn’t on the scoresheet, he did play a hand in the first two goals, which has pleased Schmid.

“Some of the combinations, the goal where they combined on the 2nd goal, as a coach you just sit there and what do you say?” Schmid said while talking to the Seattle Sounders YouTube channel.

“I can’t teach that, we can’t diagram that and show them that. That’s just their instincts. And their ability to play off of each other is just so sublime.”

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The lethal partnership contributed an astonishing 55 goals between them via goals scored and goals assisted in the 2014 regular season and it looks as though they mean business again in 2015.

“I was happy for Clint, happy for the goals that he got because as a goalscorer you always want to get your confidence there. Oba (Martins) will be back on the board as well sometime soon,” Schmid added.

Lamar Neagle and Kevin Parsemain also both helped themselves to two goals each on the night.

How important will Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins be for Seattle Sounders in 2015?