Clint Dempsey netted what proved the game-winning goal in Tuesday night's US Open Cup final as the Seattle Sounders dispatched the Philadelphia Union 3-1 in extra-time.
US national team captain Clint Dempsey helped the Seattle Sounders to the US Open Cup title on Tuesday night, scoring the game-deciding goal in a 3-1 extra-time win over the Philadelphia Union.
The win marked Seattle’s fourth domestic cup title in six seasons, but it was the first piece of club silverware that the former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham forward has claimed since turning professional with the New England Revolution in 2004.
In a match which was delicately poised at 1-1 after normal time, it was Dempsey who would go on to prove Seattle’s hero on 110 minutes, linking up with Obafemi Martins to slot past Zac MacMath in the opposition net, before his strike-partner iced the result with another a few minutes later.
Speaking after the match, the Texas-native was delighted to have at last tasted success at the club level, and is now targeting both the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup to claim a historic treble.
‘I won two Gold Cup finals and [now] a US Open Cup final,’ he told MLSsoccer.com. ‘I’ve [also] lost two MLS Cup finals and a Confederations Cup final (in 2009). It’s just what happens. You get to finals, and you want to win. I’ll keep on pushing.
‘This is my first Open Cup. We’ve got the rest of the season to try and win the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup. This is just one step in what we’re trying to accomplish.’
Dempsey has been in fine form for Seattle this season after making a sensational return to MLS last summer, following six-and-a-half years in England with Fulham and Spurs, respectively, chalking up 11 goals and seven assists in just 19 league games to help keep his side atop of the Western Conference.