Dempsey repeats as MLS player of the week

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SEATTLE — Another star performance, another award.

Sounders FC’s Clint Dempsey has been named MLS player of the week — again — following his two-goal effort in Saturday’s 3-2 comeback victory at league-leading FC Dallas. The honor is voted upon by the North American Soccer Reporters.

Dempsey, the top scorer in MLS with six goals, also won the award last week for his hat trick against rival Portland. He is the first Sounder to claim back-to-back player-of-the-week awards, and the 13th player in league history.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid was asked after Saturday’s game if Dempsey ever ceases to amaze him.

“No, he doesn’t,” Schmid said. “There were a lot of people that were saying, ‘He’s out of form. He’s not there right now.’ I think he’s put to rest some of those people.”

Just one player in MLS has won the award three straight weeks: New York’s Thierry Henry, who scored seven goals in Weeks 3-5 of 2012.

Dempsey has won the award four times, dating to his time with New England.

Dempsey’s five goals over two games is a Sounders record. More important, he said, was winning and moving into a second-place tie in the Western Conference.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we showed a lot of character, and that’s what helps your team do something special in terms of trying to win an MLS Cup or something like that,” Dempsey said. “You need character, and that’s what we’ve got.”

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