Clint Dempsey’s superb play lately has instituted a different kind of #Dempseywatch. We are all bearing witness to soccer greatness.
Dempsey has earned a point in 10 straight games MLS regular season games going back to last Fall. The last time he didn’t log a goal or an assist was last October against the Vancouver Whitecaps in that deflating 1-nil loss at home that imperiled our run to the Supporters’ Shield. This streak has Dempsey tied for second place in MLS history. Three players (Roy Lassiter, Ronald Cerritos, Mauricio Cienfuegos) had 11-game streaks, but these all happened in the dark ages of the late ‘90s. This Saturday Dempsey has a chance to carve his name in the MLS records book.
Even crazier? Deuce had a point in 8 straight starts going into that skunker Vancouver game, giving him at least a point in 18 of his last 19 games. Bananas.
Remember when Dempsey couldn’t find the back of the net with a searchlight? When he first transferred to Seattle in August of 2013, he played almost three months before logging his first point, a goal against the L.A. Galaxy. Now he is a man on constant fire. Which is funny considering Deuce has a reputation for being a streaky scorer.
His early MLS returns supported that notion. Last season he started hot, recording at least a point in his first six games – this including the man-on-fire stretch when he had 7 goals and 4 assist in 4 games. Then he was skunked in 7 of his next 9 starts. That is until August 24th against Portland, delicious, when his 18/19 streak began.
We have to admit, Dempsey has become shockingly consistent. It’s getting to be weird when he doesn’t find his name in the box score. Currently Deuce is tied with Kei Kamara for most goals scored with 7, and tied at 2nd in assist with 4.
When you think of the Sounders poetic attack, you usually picture Oba doing pretty things and scoring goals. Most of the narratives around Deuce are about his perceived crankiness. We need a new narrative for the man. His play deserves better. Saturday against a leaky defense, let’s hope for fireworks.