Dempsey hero and villain in Sounders win

Clint Dempsey enjoyed a mixed night on Wednesday evening, as his team secured an emphatic 5-0 win over FC Dallas – during which he scored, made an assist and was sent off.

The result ensured the Sounders moved off the bottom of the Western Conference table and up to 17th in the overall MLS standings and was just their sixth win in what has been an extremely frustrating season for the CenturyLink Field outfit.

Dempsey opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot and had a hand in Jordan Morris’ goal, which came after Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz had put them two goals to the good. However, the Seattle forward was then shown a straight red card after naively putting his hand in the face of Dallas midfielder Juan Esteban Ortiz.

Despite the sending off, the home team added to Dallas’ pain with two second-half goals, courtesy of Joevin Jones and Cristian Roldan.

Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid was delighted with his team’s performance and was extremely confident that they could secure such a scoreline if the chances came their way.

“We’ve felt that if we got a goal then maybe the floodgates would open up,”he said. “They opened up for us today. I’m really happy for the group in the locker room because they stayed the course and they continued to believe in themselves and they got a good victory tonight.”

Seattle captain Brad Evans reaffirmed the confidence such a result would give the team, but was also keen to reinforce the fact that this current level of performance must be maintained if they are to have a successful campaign.

“Obviously I think we’d all rather have five 1-0 victories,” the 31-year-old added. “But at the end of the day, this was bound to happen. It’s good to get to the result now. It lifts the spirits a bit…Now we’ve got a taste of victory and hopefully we can start to get consecutive results and start to pick up some points and make up some ground.”

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