Clint Dempsey has caught Landon Donovan for the all-time United States men’s national team scoring record, and it could hardly have come at a more opportune time. With the United States holding a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica in the second half — courtesy of a Dempsey assist — the Seattle Sounders forward stood over a free kick from about 22 yards out. Dempsey seemed to catch the goalkeeper leaning the wrong way and beat him near post for his 57th all-time goal. Most importantly, the goal and assist allowed the USA to beat Costa Rica 2-0 to advance to the Gold Cup final. This was Dempsey’s fourth all-time goal against Costa Rica, and his 13th in the Gold Cup. It took him 136 games to catch Donovan,
As the Sounders were putting the finishing touches on the greatest comeback win in their history, a somewhat sobering reminder popped up of what they’d spent most of the game lacking. Sounders playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro was red-carded in the 89th minute of last Wednesday’s victory over D.C. United for kicking midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the groin area. Lodeiro had been getting his own shins dented by similar kicks all game long before apparently lashing out in anger and thus, due to the ejection, is automatically suspended Sunday when the San Jose Earthquakes visit CenturyLink Field. For Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer, the game-long beatdown on Lodeiro was yet another sign opposing teams are taking too many liberties with his players.
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