Video: Clint Dempsey returns to goalscoring ways in Seattle Sounders victory

Clint Dempsey

The 33-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur man scored his first goal from open play this season to help the Sounders beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0.

Clint Dempsey was on the scoresheet for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night as they beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at home to give them their third win in four games.

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward opened the scoring in the 26th-minute following a well-worked team move, collecting a pass from Erik Friberg inside the box before sending a curling shot past San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham for his second MLS goal of the season and first in five matches.

The Quakes later had an opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot in the 84th-miniute after Tyrone Mears brought down Victor Bernardez in the area, but the Englishman’s blushes were spared when the league’s joint-leading scorer Chris Wondolowksi saw his attempt bounce off the left post.

Striker Jordan Morris then put the game to bed one minute before stoppage-time with a low shot from outside the box, giving him his fourth goal in four games to equal the MLS rookie record for scoring in the most consecutive matches.

The win still leaves the Sounders in eighth place in the Western Conference, having taken just 13 points from their opening nine games after losing their first three matches, but with star man Dempsey now fully recovered from a recent groin injury and Morris living up to his wonderkid label, things finally seem to be going in the right direction.

“We played pretty good,” Dempsey told Seattle’s official website after the San Jose win. “We created some more chances in the attacking third and still kept it tight at the back. If we can keep creating more quality chances in the attacking third, I think you’ll see us scoring more goals like we did tonight.

“We still probably could have scored a few more than we did, but we’re moving in the right direction. Hopefully we can keep building.”

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