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Sounders celebrate Dempsey debut with nervy win
by Paul Kennedy, August 25th, 2013 8:08PM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 26] The Seattle Sounders got the win they desperately needed in Clint Dempsey's home debut before 67,385 fans, the second-largest MLS crowd for a stand-alone game, but it wasn't easy. In a physical match played at a frenetic pace, the Sounders hung on for a 1-0 win over their archrival Portland Timbers that moved them into the top five in the Western Conference ahead of FC Dallas on wins.

WEEK 26 IN BRIEF:
Goals: 39/11 GP (3.57 avg.)
Video: Weekend Timeline
Att.: 20,107 avg. (4 sellouts)

-- Chivas USA stunned the New York Red Bulls with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon thanks to two goals from Erick Torres and third from Julio Morales, its young strikers on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara.

-- The New England Revolution pounded the Philadelphia Union, 5-1, to move into fifth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the Houston Dynamo on goals scored.

SIGI REFLECTS. For those who have worked in soccer for 30-plus years like Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, the sight of a sold-out CenturyLink Field for Dempsey's debut was a special moment. Here's what he said afterwards:

"Today I drove in around 2:15, 2:30 and I already saw all green walking around [...] It was fantastic. When you're out there as the team marched out for the national anthem, you just look and saw everything full. I still pinch myself every time I see that.

"I think we're moving forward. I think we're getting there [...] You never really thought this was going to happen. You see our league moving forward, you see the continued support. I was watching TV, the Montreal game, and the fans there were fantastic in that game. But nobody compares to our fans, turnout in numbers like that is indescribable to me."

Seattle-Portland Highlights:


MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Sunday, August 25
Seattle 1 Portland 0.
SEA: Eddie Johnson (Mauro Rosales) 60
Att.: 67,385 (sellout).

Sunday, August 25
New England 5 Philadelphia 1.
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Chad Barrett) 26
PHI: Danny Cruz (Conor Casey) 50
NE: own goal 58
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Dimitry Imbongo Boele) 65
NE: Diego Fagundez (Scott Caldwell) 71
NE: Juan Agudelo (Dimitry Imbongo Boele, Diego Fagundez) 73
Red card: Philadelphia -- Amobi Okugo 90+1.
Att.: 12,531.

Rowe Goal #2:


Chivas USA 3 New York 2.
CHV: Julio Morales (Carlos Alvarez) 30
NY: Tim Cahill (Thierry Henry) 31
CHV: Erick Torres 45+2
CHV:  Erick Torres 81
NY: Dax McCarty 86
Att.: 8,103.

Saturday, August 24

D.C. United 1 Toronto FC 1.
DCU: Dwayne De Rosario (Perry Kitchen) 10
TFC: Bobby Convey (Reggie Lambe) 60
Att.: 13,927.

Saturday, August 24
Montreal 5 Houston 0.
MON: Marco Di Vaio (Justin Mapp) 35
MON:  Felipe Martins (Justin Mapp) 37
MON:  Jeb Brovsky 58
MON: Marco Di Vaio (Patrice Bernier, Felipe Martins) 70
MON: Andrea Pisanu (Felipe Martins) 90+1
Att.: 20,081 (sellout).

Saturday, August 24

FC Dallas 2 San Jose 2.
SJ: Alan Gordon (Cordell Cato) 8
SJ: Steven Beitashour (Rafael Baca, Alan Gordon) 16
DAL: Blas Perez (Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel) 19
DAL: Michel 72
Red cards: San Jose -- Justin Morrow 81, Victor Bernardez 86; FC Dallas -- Cooper 86.
Att.: 14,920.

Saturday, August 24
Vancouver 0 LA Galaxy 1.
LA: Landon Donovan 3
Att.: 21,000 (sellout).

Saturday, August 24
Real Salt Lake 4 Columbus 0.
RSL: Kyle Beckerman 45+1
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Olmes García, Javier Morales) 51
RSL: Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy) 83
RSL: Kyle Beckerman 89
Red cards: Columbus -- Federico Higuain 90+
Att.: 18,398.

Friday, August 23

Chicago 1 Sporting KC 0.
CHI: Hunter Jumper (Mike Magee, Jalil Anibaba) 13
Att.: 17,085.

Wednesday, August 21
Chivas USA 1 FC Dallas 3.
CHV: Bryan de la Fuente (Marco Delgado) 43
DAL: Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira) 71
DAL: David Ferreira (Ramon Nunez) 86
DAL: Ramon Nunez (Blas Perez) 90
Red card: FC Dallas -- Jackson 61.
Att.: 7,071.

Wednesday, August 21
Portland 3 Real Salt Lake 3.
POR: Rodney Wallace (Diego Valeri) 24
RSL: Nat Borchers  38
RSL: Javier Morales (pen.) 43
POR: Diego Valeri (pen.) 57
POR: Kalif Alhassan 86
RSL: Cole Grossman 90+3
Red card: Real Salt Lake -- Yordany Alvarez 79.
Att.: 20,674 (sellout).
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Montreal 12-7-5 41/35
39 Sporting KC 11-9-6 36/26
39 New York 11-9-6 38/34
38 Philadelphia 10-8-8 37/37
36 New England 10-8-6 34/24
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36 Houston 10-8-6 29/29
34 Chicago 10-10-4 30/34
29 Columbus 8-12-5 29/34
21 Toronto FC 4-12-9 22/34
14 D.C. United 3-18-5 15/41

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

45 Real Salt Lake 13-8-6 48/33
40 LA Galaxy 12-9-4 40/32
39 Colorado 10-7-9 33/27
39 Portland 9-4-12 37/26
37 Seattle 11-8-4 31/26
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37 FC Dallas 9-7-10 36/38
36 Vancouver 10-9-6 37/32
34 San Jose 9-10-7 27/37
21 Chivas USA 5-14-6 24/45
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
15+2 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
10+1+1 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 27:
Friday, August 30, 2013
7 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New England
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland, NBCSN

Saturday, August 31
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Seattle
Philadelphia vs. Montreal
8 pm ET
New York vs. D.C. United, NBCSN
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Colorado
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose

Sunday, September 1, 2013
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Houston, UniMas
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Chivas USA

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 28:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Houston
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, September 7
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver
Sporting KC vs. Columbus
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chicago, NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Toronto FC

Sunday, September 8
5 pm ET
Houston vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Montreal
9 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. D.C. United
11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Philadelphia, ESPN2

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 29:
Wednesday, September 11
7:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Chicago

Friday, September 13
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN

Saturday, September 14
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
4 pm ET
D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy, UniMas
7 pm ET
New York vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. New England
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. FC Dallas
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Vancouver
Chivas USA vs. Portland


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