Sounders forward Clint Dempsey won a last-minute penalty kick via a shot that deflected off Jermaine Taylor’s outstretched arm and converted it himself, giving Seattle a dramatic 2-1 victory over United in front of a crowd of 40,312 on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
With the Sounders (11-7-7) hosting Portland in a nationally televised rivalry showdown next weekend, this had trap game written all over it.
He took it well, too, sprinting onto an incisive pass from teammate Ibson, shimmying around Sounders defender Joevin Jones and firing into the net.
United was done in by a pair of familiar flaws: set-piece defending and a lack of reliable finishing from anybody other than injured forward Christian Ramirez.
Seattle’s tying goal was way too easy, 6-foot-4 center back Chad Marshall rising unchallenged to nod in Nicolas Lodeiro’s close-range free kick in the 31st minute.
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