SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey scored two goals and assisted on another, all in the first 20 minutes, and Seattle beat Real Salt Lake to wrap up a playoff berth.
The Sounders (15-13-6) ended the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak (4-0-4). They have made the playoffs in all seven years of their existence.
Dempsey put the Sounders on the board in the fifth minute when he met a cross from Obafemi Martins at the top right corner of the 6-yard box and sent it into the net while falling to the turf. It was his ninth goal of the year. Marco Pappa scored in the 10th minute off of a cross from Dempsey. In the 20th Dempsey made it 3-0 when he buried the rebound of a hard shot by Martins.
Luis Gill scored in the 77th minute for Salt Lake (11-15-8).