In front of 53,302 fans at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Dempsey scored a brace to lead Seattle to a pivotal 3-1 victory over Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers. Dempsey is now tied for the team lead with eight goals this season after missing time this summer with a standout performance in Copa America Centenario, where he led the U.S. to a semifinals appearance and finished third in combined goals and assists. The second leading scorer in U.S. Men's National Team history, Dempsey has helped Sounders FC climb within striking distance of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference in what would be a momentous late season run (West #8, 30 points, 9-12-3 record).
Dempsey completed his second multi-goal game in the past three weeks with what proved to be the game-winner in the 80th minute, receiving a pass from Roldan and firing a left-footed strike from just outside the box far post (Watch Goal). Dempsey now has 34 regular season goals in his Sounders FC career, good for third overall in franchise history.
Seattle next travels to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, August 24 (9 p.m. ET) before a Heineken Rivalry Week rematch against Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday, August 28 (5 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes).