The most important outcome after Sunday’s Western Conference Semifinal in Dallas is that the Seattle Sounders are still in the playoffs. However, in doing so they will likely break at least one record.
The Sounders are entering the playoffs in record breaking form, having gone unbeaten in their last 11 games. Avoiding defeat on Sunday would not only guarantee their passage through to the Conference Final, it would increase and set a new unbeaten record.
Continuing the record breaking theme towards the end of the season, the Sounders very own Clint Dempsey picked up 10 goals and 10 assists this season. In doing so, he set a record as the only player to finish with double figures of both goals and assists in each of the last two seasons.
The record setting doesn’t stop there for Deuce though. Dempsey also holds the Sounders post-season record for Shots on Goal (17) and perhaps more importantly, Game Winning Goals (2).
Dempsey’s stellar free kick on Sunday also tied him for the record of most goals scored in the post-season for the Sounders. He currently has three, tied with current club captain Brad Evans, Sunday’s injury doubt Osvaldo Alsonso and recently retired Eddie Johnson.
If Dempsey manages to score on Sunday, and certainly nobody would doubt this is possible, he will stand alone with a record total of four postseason goals for the Sounders. With at least another two playoff games to come should the Sounders progress past FC Dallas, nobody would assume his record breaking would be finished for the season.
Sure, the most important thing for the Sounders on Sunday is to progress to the next round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Western Conference Finals. However, if they could do so with Dempsey setting another record or two along the way, that certainly would be nice.