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Dempsey scores brace, Sounders beat Rapids 4-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 12:29 am •  Published: April 27, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span early in the second half and set up Lamar Neagle's first-half goal to help the Seattle Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Fabian Espindola scored twice and added an assist to lead D.C. United past nine-men FC Dallas and Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his hot scoring form with the second-half equalizer in the New York Red Bulls 1-1 draw with Columbus.

Dempsey leads MLS with eight goals and has at least a goal or an assist in each of Seattle's last six games.

Obafemi Martins added a 75th-minute goal for Seattle to improve the Sounders to 16 points and top of the Western Conference.

Neagle's blast 2 yards in front of a wide-open goal gave the Sounders a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into first-half stoppage time, and was his third goal of the season.

Dempsey made it 2-0 in the 47th minute, running onto a loose ball at the top of 6-yard box that Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin had slapped away, but couldn't latch onto.

Then early in the 52nd minute, Chad Marshall headed Gonzalo Pineda's corner kick toward Dempsey, and Dempsey headed it in just over Irwin's reach.

In Washington, Mauro Diaz put the visitors ahead early before Dallas defender Zach Loyd was sent off for a second yellow card in the 39th minute.

Espindola equalized just before the break, before Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin also scored for the Washington club early in the second half. Espindola then added his second to complete the rout in the 69th.

Dallas' Michel also was sent off late by referee Fotis Bazakos.

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