Seattle Sounders and U.S. star Clint Dempsey fought off the likes of international teammate Michael Bradley to score his first goal in any competition since October. (Ted S. Warren/AP)
Clint Dempsey's goal drought is over.
With the World Cup on the horizon and Dempsey not having scored for club or country since the 2013 MLS regular season finale against LA last Oct. 27, the U.S. captain provided reason for American fans to exhale, getting back on the board with a well-taken goal in Seattle's 2-1 home loss to new-look Toronto FC Saturday.
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On the counter, fellow Sounders Designated Player Obafemi Martins carried down the right flank before feeding a rather unmarked Dempsey streaking toward the top of the box. Dempsey took one touch and then made clean contact (unlike what you might describe this incident earlier in the match involving Mark Bloom's, er, man region), rifling past Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar to slice Seattle's deficit in half in the 68th minute.
Dempsey had shown signs of breaking through in his season debut off the bench last week, nearly scoring in stoppage time against Sporting KC before nudging his own rebound into Chad Barrett's path for the winner. While he may be facing disciplinary action for his incident with Bloom, at least he'll do so with that elusive goal in hand.
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Here's video of Dempsey's first goal of the season -- and second as a member of the Sounders -- via the club's official website: