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Sounders win in Dempsey debut
by Paul Kennedy, August 11th, 2013 2:44AM

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[MLS REWIND | Week 24] The Seattle Sounders will have to be pleased with the debut of Clint Dempsey even if he had to come on earlier than they probably would have liked and played longer than expected in a 2-1 win at Toronto FC. Sporting Kansas City took over the lead the Eastern Conference, while Real Salt Lake opened up a two-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race and a five-point lead in the Western Conference.

-- Dempsey came on for the injured Obafemi Martins in the 34th minute of the Sounders' 2-1 win at Toronto. The U.S. national team captain looked sharp and had one good chance stopped by TFC keeper Joe Bendik. Even though Seattle won and moved back into the top five in the Western Conference, it struggled to hold off Toronto and needed a point-blank save from keeper Marcus Hahnemann in stoppage time to preserve the win.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to bring Dempsey on earlier than they had planned -- without a chance for a real warm-up. How did he think his new star do?

"I think Clint did well.  Obviously, he hasn’t played in a game in two and half a weeks or so, so once you get your rhythm back it will make a big difference.  His understanding of our players and our guys is something that will grow as well.  We ended up having to bring him in a little sooner than expected but I was happy with him."

Asked whether Dempsey would return with the team to Seattle or travel on to Europe for the U.S. national team match Wednesday at Bosnia, Schmid said he didn't know ...

-- Sporting KC got two goals from Kei Kamara -- his sixth and seventh of the season since returning to MLS -- on assists by Soony Saad and it cruised past nine-man New England, 3-0, to retake the Eastern Conference lead when New York fell at Columbus, 2-0, on a pair of Federico Higuain goals (the second a magnificent piece of skill to chip Luis Robles from 20 yards). It wasn't all good news for Sporting KC as Kamara had to leave the game late with a sprained ankle sustained on a foul by Andy Dorman that earned the Revs midfielder a straight red card.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia got a pair of goals from Conor Casey in its 2-0 win over D.C. United that moved it past Montreal, which fell at Chicago, 2-1, to give it just one win in its last eight games.



-- Real Salt Lake introduced a new 4-3-3 formation for its match against Houston and it paid off with a 1-0 win over the Dynamo on Alvaro Saborio's penalty kick.

Coach Jason Kreis said the lineup switch was a reward for the hard work Joao Plata and Olmes Garcia had been doing up front:

“I woke up Thursday morning really with a quandary on my hands about how to get fresh players on the field and how to get some guys that I think have been really, really good a starting opportunity without changing the spine of the team so to speak. It just dawned on me let’s try that 4-3-3 thing again. In watching Houston a little bit, with what they were bringing to the table, I thought it was the exact right opportunity. I thought it was OK. I think Garcia and Plata worked very hard."

SCORING RACE. Brazilian Camilo scored the first goal in Vancouver's 2-0 win over San Jose to give him a share of the scoring lead with Chicago's Mike Magee with 14 goals. Magee missed the Fire's 2-1 win over Montreal with an injury picked up in Wednesday's Open Cup loss to D.C. United.

Goals: 16/7 GP (2.29 avg.)
Video: Weekend Timeline

MLS RESULTS, Week 24:
Saturday, August 10
Toronto FC 1 Seattle 2.
SEA: Mauro Rosales (Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans) 16
SEA: own goal 40
TOR: Jonathan Osorio (Andrew Wiedemann) 46
Att.: 18,766.

Saturday, August 10

Columbus 2 New York 0,
CLB: Federico Higuain (pen.) 62
CLB: Federico Higuain (Wil Trapp) 76
Att.: 19,080.

Higuain Goal #2:


Saturday, August 10
Vancouver 2 San Jose 0.

VAN: Camilo (Nigel Reo-Coker) 60
VAN: Kenny Miller (Nigel Reo-Coker, Russell Teibert) 74
Att.: 20,151.

Saturday, August 10

Philadelphia 2 D.C. United 0.
PHI: Conor Casey (Sebastien Le Toux, Sheanon Williams) 35
PHI: Conor Casey (Fabinho, Sebastien  Le Toux) 75
Att.: 18,652.

Saturday, August 10

Sporting KC 3 New England 0.
KC -- Kei Kamara (Soony Saad) 27
KC -- Kei Kamara (Soony Saad) 50
KC -- Benny Feilhaber 92+
Red cards: Sporting KC -- Dimitry Imbongo 65, Andy Dorman 86.
Att.: 19,988.

Saturday, August 10
Chicago 2 Montreal 1.

CHI: Joel Lindpere 6
CHI: Dilly Duka 23
MTL: Felipe (Sanna Nyassi) 57
Att.: 17,297.

Saturday, August 10
Real Salt Lake 1 Houston 0.
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (pen.) 37
Att.: 19,402.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 24:
Sunday, August 11
8 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, ESPN2
11 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Colorado, UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

39 Sporting KC 11-7-6 36/24
38 New York 11-8-5 36/31
37 Philadelphia 10-7-7 36/32
35 Montreal 10-7-5 34/34
33 Houston 9-7-6 26/22
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31 Chicago 9-9-4 29/32
30 New England 8-8-6 27/20
26 Columbus 7-11-5 27/30
20 Toronto FC 4-11-8 21/31
13 D.C. United 3-17-4 13/41

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Real Salt Lake 12-7-5 39/26
36 Vancouver 10-7-6 37/29
35 Colorado 9-7-8 30/26
35 Portland 8-3-11 32/21
34 Seattle 10-7-4 29/23
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33 LA Galaxy 10-9-3 32/27
32 FC Dallas 8-6-8 27/30
30 San Jose 8-10-6 25/35
17 Chivas USA 4-13-5 19/39
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14+1 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9+2 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9+1 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
7+2 Kei Kamara (Sporting KC)
7+2 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
7+1 Kenny Miller (Vancouver)
7 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
7 Fabian Espindola (New York)
7 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
7 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
7 Diego Fagundez (New England)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Saturday, August 17
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Chicago
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
8 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle
9:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
11 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 18

11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2


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