Clint Dempsey scored twice and Cristian Roldan had a goal – all in the second half – in the Seattle Sounders’ 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night.
In front of an announced crowd of 53,302 at CenturyLink Field, the Sounders (9-12-3) won their third straight game and extended their unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1). They climbed within two points of the Timbers (8-10-8) for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Portland, which got a goal from Fanendo Adi in second-half stoppage time, has lost four of its past five games and remains winless on the road at 0-7-6.
Dempsey put Seattle on the board in the 61st minute when he converted a penalty kick past goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
In the 80th minute, Roldan sent a through ball toward the Portland penalty area. Demspey caught up with it, took two dribbles and fired it into the back right corner from just inside the restraining arc.
Dempsey has eight goals this season.
Roldan headed in a shot from inside the six-yard box to make it 3-0 in the 83rd minute.
Red Bulls 2, United 2 in Washington – Marcelo Sarvas and Patrick Mullins scored three minutes apart in the second half as D.C. United rallied for a draw with New York in a game delayed 75 minutes because of lightning.
Sarvas scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 70th minute and Mullins got his first with a header off a corner kick in the 73rd for the United (6-8-10). The Red Bulls are 10-9-7.