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VIDEO: Sounders cruising thanks to three-goal first half

New England Revolution v Seattle Sounders

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 08: Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on March 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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With Seattle controlling their fate in the Western Conference playoff race, the Sounders got off to the perfect start at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes, two of those coming from Clint Dempsey, as the Sounders are on cruise-control against Real Salt Lake.

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Dempsey opened the scoring in the 5th minute, connecting on a cross from Obafemi Martins for a tap-in.

Just five minutes later, Marco Pappa found the bottom corner with a strike from outside the box.

In the 20th minute it was Dempsey again, this time following up a rebound to make it 3-0 Seattle.