BY SPNW Staff 01:14PM 04/07/2014

Clint Dempsey named MLS player of week

For notching a hat trick in last Saturday’s 4-4 draw with the Portland Timbers, Clint Dempsey was chosen MLS Player of the Week.

Forward Clint Dempsey notched a hat trick in Saturday’s wild, 4-4 draw with Portland and earned MLS Player of the Week honors. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

After his hat trick Saturday, forward Clint Dempsey of the Sounders is Major League Soccer’s player of the week, as voted by national writers. Seattle’s wild, 4-4 draw with the Timbers at Providence Stadium in Portland was due largely to Dempsey’s first hat trick in his MLS career and the first three-goal performance in the league this season.

Dempsey leveled the match 2-2 with his first goal in the 24th minute when he collected a pass from Obafemi Martins and scored from the center of the box. Trailing  4-2 in the 85th minute, Dempsey again collected a pass from Martins in the box and slotted it into the net for his second goal.

Dempsey in the 87th minute converted a penalty kick to tie the game, completing Seattle’s comeback road draw in the opening match of the 2014 Cascadia Cup.

The award marks the first for a Sounders player this season and the first since Martins in Week 29 last year.

The Sounders (2-2-1) play at Western Conference-leading FC Dallas (4-0-1) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


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  • jafabian

    Well earned. Last year this match would have been a loss and if it wasn’t for Clint it would have been. He and Martins seem to be starting to become familiar with each other.