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Dempsey sparks surge, Sounders beat FC Dallas 5-0

14 July 2016, 15:18

Seattle — Clint Dempsey, Andreas Ivanschitz and Jordan Morris scored during a 15-minute span in the first half as the Seattle Sounders routed MLS-leading FC Dallas 5-0 on Wednesday to end a four-game winless streak.

Joevin Jones and Cristian Roldan added second-half goals for the Sounders, who started the night with five wins from 17 matches and the lowest goal total in the league (14).

Dempsey scored in the 6th minute when he drilled a penalty kick past goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his third goal of the year. The penalty was awarded when defender Maynor Figueroa was called for a hand ball just outside of the 6-yard box and shown the red card.

Seattle had not scored on its home field since a 2-0 victory against San Jose on May 7.

Ivanschitz increased the lead to 2-0 in the 18th with his third of the season, and Morris tallied his team-leading seventh just 4 minutes later. Jones scored in the 61st, followed by Roldan in the 73rd.

Also read: Clint Dempsey scores pair, but Seattle draws 2-2 with Club America

Seattle also finished with 10 men after Dempsey was sent off in the 34th minute.

In other matches, Vancouver had a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, the New York Red Bulls beat Orlando 2-0, the Montreal-Portland and Toronto-Columbus games finished in 1-1 draws, and Chicago edged Sporting Kansas City 1-0.

In Portland, Jack McInerney scored his fifth of the season to give the Timbers a 1-0 lead in the 14th but Igancio Piatti equalized for Montreal just before halftime — his 11th this season. The Timbers remained unbeaten in eight games, while Montreal is undefeated in six.

Connor Lade and Felipe scored for the Red Bulls, when ended a four-game winless streak, and Michael de Leeuw scored in the 19th in his first MLS start for Chicago.

At Vancouver, the White Caps scored twice in four minutes and kept the first clean sheet in 11 matches. Cristian Techera scored in the 37th, three minutes after a Real Salt Lake own goal in the first half.

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- AP


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