Clint Dempsey is the winner of the MLS Player of the Week award for week 6, Major League Soccer announced on Monday. Dempsey scored twice for Seattle in their 3-2 win over FC Dallas. Dempsey was also the MLS Player of the Week in week 5. Dempsey equalized for Seattle in the 22nd minute from a free kick and scored their winner in the 85th. It was his 4th and 5th goals in two games.
“Clint is an important player for us, and we needed to find him in the first half and didn’t find him enough with the ball,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “Didn’t find Oba(femi Martins) enough with the ball. So, as a result, our offense stagnated. In the second half, once we started finding Oba, and the subs, I thought Marco Pappa had a good impact on the game. I thought Chad Barrett had a good impact on the game. At that point it was better. The other thing we did wrong in the first half, our midfielders sometimes pushed too high to press, we got ourselves stretched by pushing up too high trying to pressure Keel and some of their midfielders that dropped deep and that opened us up in the midfield. We did a better job in the second half not getting stretched out.”
Dempsey said he was “feeling good.” “More importantly, we got the win today. It wasn’t pretty. I thought Dallas played really well. We’ve got to work on some things, but I thought we showed a lot of character coming back twice in the game, and ultimately getting the win so that’s a good thing to build upon. We’ll sharpen up and get better.”