Dempsey's 77th minute goal lifts Seattle past Portland 1-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Clint Dempsey again got the better of Portland, scoring in his fourth straight game against Seattle's rival with a 77th-minute goal in the Sounders' 1-0 victory over the Timbers on Sunday night.

Nearly 40 years to the day of the first meeting between the Timbers and Sounders, Dempsey made sure Seattle would come away with the victory in the 89th meeting between the sides.

Dempsey tapped in the rebound after Andy Rose's initial shot was saved by goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. It was the second time in the last year that Dempsey scored on Kwarasey. Dempsey got the best of Ghana's goalkeeper in the World Cup opener for the United States last June in Brazil.

The Sounders won for the third time in the last four matches against the Timbers. Dempsey's goal was his fourth of the season and came after Portland had most of the chances in the second half.