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Sounders at Orlando City, 2016 recap: Clint Dempsey hattrick in comeback win

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Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodeiro each collect two assists in the 3-1 win.

Clint Dempsey watches the ball go in the net.
Clint Dempsey watches the ball go in the net.
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It is merely a win over over an Eastern Conference team, but it is a needed win. After falling behind in just the seventh minute the Seattle Sounders started a comeback. Clint Dempsey scored in the 14th, the 37th and the 48th minutes to power the win. The hat-trick star left the pitch as a precaution due to the heat in the 59th minute.

For as long as Clint was on the field the Sounders dominated. They worked the ball down the right for low crosses from Mears (he assisted on the 1st goal) or plays over the top to Morris (he assisted the 2nd goal) or plays out wide for Morris to round defense (assisted the 3rd goal). Nicolas Lodeiro was involved in everything. He earned two secondary assist on the day (Roldan had the third secondary assist).

Only the defense looked poor, and that was due to a poor backpass by Joevin Jones that lead to a corner. Brad Evans failed to mark Seb Hines who scored the lone goal for the Lions.

Late in the second half a series of miracles kept Orlando from getting a second goal.

Morris continued to run rampant late. He nearly had a third assist on a perfect little cut-back pass to Nelson Haedo Valdez (on for Dempsey) but Valdez put it into the post rather than the empty net.

The Sounders are now at 7-12-3 -5, so there's a large hole to dig out of, but the first step to digging out of the hole is winning games. They did that, and with purpose. Seattle has two games in hand on the teams at six and seven in the West and three in hand against the fifth team.