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By the Numbers: Clint Dempsey on record pace

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1: The loss in Columbus marked the first time the Sounders had ever fallen on the road against the Crew. The Sounders are now 4-3-1 against the Crew all-time in the regular-season.

2: This was the second time this season that the Sounders have managed to use the same lineup in back-to-back games. The other team? The 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, which followed a win over the New England Revolution.

3: Although the Sounders are second in the league with 15 goals scored, only three players have tallied nine matches into the season. The Montreal Impact are the only team with so few goal-scorers -- and they've got three goals through four fewer league games than the Sounders.

9: Clint Dempsey registered a goal or an assist for the ninth straight regular-season match, dating back to last season. That's the sixth longest streak in MLS history. In fact, he's registered a "point" (Oh, I'm totally using this so just deal) in 17 of 18 matches.

10: Stefan Frei tied a franchise record with 10 saves, giving him a league-high 36 for the season. This was the third time in four matches Frei has made at least eight saves, meaning he now possesses three of the top 5 most-save performances in Sounders history. He's averaging 4.0 saves per, a roughly 33 percent increase from last year. Frei has stopped 80 percent of the shots he's faced, the third best mark among goalkeepers with at least two starts, and a stark improvement from last year's 66 percent.

11: Dempsey scored two more goals, tying him a for the league lead with seven to go along with four assists. The 11 "points" are two more than any other player in the league. If he were to continue this pace all year, he'd break Chris Wondolowski's record of 34 points he set during his 27-goal season in 2012.

16: Even after the loss, the Sounders are still on 16 points through nine matches. A win next week would put them one point behind Western-Conference leading Vancouver with a match in hand.

20: The Sounders allowed 24 shots, the third time in four matches they've allowed at least 20. A lot of those are low-quality chances, but it is worth noting that the Sounders only allowed 20 shots three times all of last year.

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