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Clint Dempsey can’t stop scoring against Portland

Dempsey has scored in five straight appearances against Portland.

Sounders vs. Timbers: Photos Mike Russell/Sounder at Heart

This was the 16th time the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have met in the MLS regular season. The Sounders have won eight of those games. Now, let’s get to some of the more interesting numbers.

2: Cristian Roldan drew his second penalty in as many weeks. The Sounders had only drawn one penalty in the 22 previous matches, and that was off a handball. Roldan is the only Sounder this year to draw a penalty by being tackled in the box.

3: For the third consecutive game, the Sounders managed to use the same starting lineup. If that seems like a rarity, it is. The last time the Sounders managed to do that was back in 2010.

4: Nicolas Lodeiro registered his fourth assist (it was his corner kick that led to Roldan’s insurance goal). In four games, he’s already got the second most assists on the team, two behind team leader Andreas Ivanschitz. Lodeiro is also averaging 1.00 assists per 90 minutes, by far the best figure of anyone in the league with at least two assists.

6: This was the Sounders’ sixth win over the Portland Timbers at home in the MLS regular season. The Sounders have never lost in eight meetings with the Timbers in the regular season at CenturyLink Field.

8: Clint Dempsey scored two more goals, giving him eight in his seven career matches against the Timbers. He’s also scored in five consecutive appearances against the Timbers after going scoreless in his first two. No Sounders player has more goals against any team.

10: The Brian Schmetzer-era has gotten off to a blazing start, as the Sounders have claimed 10 points in his four games as the head coach. That’s the same number of points they had in the 12 games immediately preceding his hiring.

19: The win improved Schmetzer's head coaching record against the Timbers to 19-12-4 across all competitions. It was the first time he'd faced them as a head coach in the MLS era.

273: Stefan Frei made five saves, giving him 273 in his Sounders career, a team record. Kasey Keller held the previous record with 270.

500: Roldan's goal didn't just make the score 3-0, it was also the 500th goal the Sounders have scored across all competitions in the MLS era. They've outscored their opponents 500-385 in those 335 matches. - via reader Chris Giebel

50,000: The Sounders improved to 13-2-2 in front of crowds of at least 50,000.

53,302: The crowd wasn’t exactly small, but it was, by far, the smallest crowd to watch the Sounders host the Timbers in an open-stadium game. None of the previous four open-stadium game had failed to crack 64,000. It also makes the Sounders’ goal of breaking another attendance record a bit tougher: They’ll need to average about 62,000 in their final two open-stadium games of the year (vs. Vancouver on Sept. 17 and vs. Real Salt Lake on Oct. 23).

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