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MLS Talking Points: Dempsey's loss doesn't faze Sounders
|For the first time in 2016, the Seattle Sounders are in the top six in MLS's Western Conference. With an edge in the tiebreaker (total wins) and a game in hand, the Sounders overtook the defending champion Portland Timbers thanks to their 1-0 win over Chicago, making up 10 points and three places in the standings in two months since Brian Schmetzer replaced head coach Sigi Schmid and Nicolas Lodeiro arrived from Boca Juniors. |
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