A double from Carl Dempsey has helped the Seattle Sounders through to an Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, after their 2-0 Western Conference Semifinal victory against Vancouver Whitecaps at CenturyLink Field on Thursday.
Since his arrival in 2013 the 34-year-old has netted nearly 50 goals in more than four seasons in Seattle, and he helped deliver the memorable Open Cup/Supporters’ Shield double back in 2014. But before the match there had been talk that this could be Dempsey’s final game at CenturyLink Field.
The fact Dempsey got to play in this match at all was a surprise, after receiving a one game ban instead of an expected two for his red card in the Sounders final regular season game. However he was available and having scored twice in the final 35 minutes he quickly became the star of the night.
Last season Dempsey missed out on being part of the team that won the franchise’s first-ever MLS Cup after doctors detected an irregular heartbeat, that saw him watch from the sidelines, which makes his achievement this game of his goals tying and then surpassing Nicolas Lodeiro, for the most postseason goals in franchise history with his fourth and fifth tallies.
After the match a delighted Dempsey spoke of his goals and the team effort.
“To get the first one, that was a huge,” Dempsey said. “But with the second one, yeah, you know you’re in a good position and that even if they score you’re going to go through.
“So, it for sure sealed the game for us, especially with the time that was left. That was crucial because they have guys that, if you give them a chance, they might not have a shot all game but all of the sudden you give them one and the put it in the back of the net.
“So, that was a good professional performance by our team seeing the game out and getting another clean sheet”.