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Dempsey scores 2 goals, Sounders beat Minnesota United 4-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Clint Dempsey had two goals and one assists to help the Seattle Sounders beat Minnesota United 4-0 on Saturday night in the first meeting between the teams.

Seattle (9-7-7) is unbeaten in its last seven games, including three consecutive shutouts, with its last loss coming on June 17 against New York City FC. The Sounders have back-to-back road clean sheets after posting just two since the beginning of last season before a 0-0 draw at Los Angeles on July 29.

Will Bruin rolled in a left-footer to open the scoring in the ninth minute. He tapped it to Dempsey who, as four defenders converged, found Bruin at the top-left of the 6-yard box for the finish. Dempsey’s header from point-blank range made it 2-0 in the 18th, Jordan Morris put away a long feed from Nicolas Lodeiro in the 71st and Dempsey capped the scoring in the 73rd minute, faking left before beating a defender to the right a blasting a shot from near the spot into the net.

Stefan Frei had four saves for his eighth shutout of the season.

Minnesota (6-13-4) has just one win in its last seven matches.