Clint Dempsey finally scored a goal in his return to MLS. It took more than eight games, but his futility run is officially over. Unfortunately, the goal was not enough to help the Seattle Sounders do more than a tie, as the Sounders ended 1-1 versus the LA Galaxy, Sunday night at Century Link Field.
Dempsey's goal was a beauty as he angle flicked a long cross off his heel from in close to the goal. In front of a crowd of more than 66,000 fans at Century Link Field, Dempsey helped the Sounders break a four game losing streak.
His goal comes on the last day of the regular season. Maybe, it will be a goal that can get Dempsey going and give him and his Sounders some momentum for MLS 2013 Playoffs.
MLS needs Dempsey to be a goal-scorer and highlight reel. He is a big potential marketing machine. With Eddie Johnson alongside Dempsey, the Sounders are a definite contender for MLS Cup. Both players and the Sounders as a winning franchise are important to the MLS legacy and bringing MLS all the way mainstream.
This match was supposed to be Landon Donovan's night as he was trying to break the record for all-time MLS regular season goals scored record. He is currently tied with Jeff Cunningham with 134 goals scored.
It was an incredibly important tie for the Galaxy as they sewed up the third seed in the Western Conference standings and were able to avoid the extra playoff match between the four and five seeds, which will now be contested by the Sounders versus the Colorado Rapids in Seattle at Century Link Field.
The Galaxy will play the number two seed, Real Salt Lake, in the Western Conference Semifinals in a home and home series. Portland will wait the winner of the knockout rounder between the Sounders and Rapids.
On the Eastern side of things, the New York Red Bulls, champs of the regular season and Supporters' Shield winners, await the winner of Houston Dynamo versus Montreal Impact. Sporting KC and the New England Revolution will face off in the other home and home Eastern Conference Semifinal.
The match between the Galaxy and Sounders was marred by an awful no-call by the referees on a sure goal off the head of Omar Gonzalez of the Galaxy.
MLS is not able to install their own version of replay technology because it is controlled by what FIFA dictates. FIFA is planning on initiating goal-line technology for World Cup 2014 to prevent these kinds of referee mistakes.