Dempsey hat trick, Seattle and Portland tie 4-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 5:43 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick, including two goals in the final five minutes of the match and the Seattle Sounders staged a furious late rally to pull out a 4-4 draw with the rival Portland Timbers on Saturday.

Trailing 4-2 for most of the second half after goals from Diego Chara and Maximiliano Urruti early in the half gave Portland the advantage, Dempsey led Seattle's stunning late comeback to earn a point in the first Cascadia rivalry matchup of the season.

Dempsey scored in the 85th minute to get Seattle within 4-3. Seconds later Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin was taken down in the penalty box by Portland's Ben Zemanski. Referee Hilario Grajeda immediately pointed to the penalty spot and Dempsey converted the chance to get Seattle even.

Dempsey recorded the fourth hat trick in Sounders history and upstaged a career day from Chara with two goals, his first in MLS play since 2011.

Kenny Cooper also scored in the third minute against his old club to give Seattle an early advantage and but it was Dempsey stealing the show. It was his first hat trick in any competition since January 2012 when he was playing for Fulham in the Premier League and surpassed his entire goal total since returning to the MLS last summer.

And it came less than 72 hours after Dempsey played all 90 minutes of the United States' 2-2 exhibition draw with Mexico in Glendale, Ariz.

Seattle walked off thrilled with the final result and knowing there were other missed chances in the final minutes to get a winner. Meanwhile, the Timbers stood stunned as the worst start in their brief history continued. The Timbers have generally been slow starters since joining the league in 2011, but now have just three points after five games, not the start anyone in Portland expected after reaching the Western Conference finals last season.