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On a day honoring Clint Dempsey’s retirement, the Seattle Sounders sent the USMNT, Premier League, and MLS legend off with a bang. The Seattle Sounders dropped Sporting KC 3-1 to set the MLS record at 8 wins in a row.
“We understand it’s pro sports and we don’t expect to go all the way undefeated,” Schmetzer added. “But that certainly is the goal. We need to collect points in every single game, home and away.”.
Just 2 months, the Sounders were reeling from a rivalry loss to the Timbers and looking at missing their 1st playoffs in team history. Something snapped and now the Sounders are tied for 5th place in the MLS West with that same Portland team.
Raul Ruidiaz scored on a run of play whiledNico Lodiero took a penalty kick to put the Sounders ahead for good. Sporting KC had been one of the hottest teams in the MLS, but KC would not find its footing in hostile territory of Centurlylink. It was fitting that these Sounders who would break a record that Kansas City had set back in 2012 (at 7 in a row).
“We want to continue this momentum. We don’t want to be complacent – it’s not over at all,” Schmetzer said of the bid to be among the Western Conference’s six qualifiers. “We must be able to close out this season in the best way possible.
Not only have the Rave Green been good, they have had a bit of run of luck. The Sounders would benefit for the 3rd time this season on an own goal by the defenders. Harry Ship sent a cross that deflected off the right calf of Graham Zusi and into the far side of he net.
“You always make your own luck — and that group in there is starting to make their own luck,” coach Brian Schmetzer said.
Just before the game started the Sounders paid tribute to Clint Dempsey who announced his retirement on Wednesday. He scored 57 career goals across 6 seasons. He has also scored another 57 goals for the USMNT, and is the only American to score a goal in 3 different World Cup appearances.