What. A. Match. My goodness. That was something to behold in Portland on Saturday as the Sounders fought back twice in 4-4 draw with Timbers at Providence Park. Clint Dempsey bagged a hat trick (that's three goals) in emphatic fashion in surely the match of the MLS season so far. Let's rehash it as much as possible in the links below and check out some of the other goodies from around the globe.
Link Madness - Get them while they're hot!
The first of many Clint Dempsey references - he made the MLS Team of the Week (MLSsoccer.com)
A look back at all the craziness in MLS over the weekend (MLSsoccer.com)
How Saturday's #PORvSEA became an instant classic in MLS (MLSsoccer.com)
If you missed it late last week, the Union traded Jack McInerny to the Montreal Impact for Andrew Wenger (FoxSoccer.com)
Ummmm so this happened to Aron Johannsson at the weekend (FoxSoccer.com)
Julian Green's debut for the USA last was a good start, but not the massive move we have hoped for...not yet anyway (SI.com)
U.S. Women's Head Coach Tom Sermanni was dismissed at the weekend, which came as a surprise to many (SI.com)
Exactly how good of a manager is Roberto Martinez? (ESPNFC.com)
Clint Dempsey's former head coach Steve Nicol discusses his hat trick (ESPNFC.com)
MLS' big stars are thriving right now (Goal)
MLS Recap – A quick look back at the weekend’s play in the one and only Major League Soccer
The remach of last year's MLS Cup Final ended in a 0-0 draw - RECAP | Up next for the Sounders is a trip to Dallas where they'll take on the club that just stomped Houston 4-1 - RECAP | Colorado continued it's decent start to the year with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver - RECAP | Toronto also played well in its 2-0 victory over rivals Columbus - RECAP | No wins for NYRB still as it draws 2-2 with Montreal - RECAP
Tweets of the Week – The best Sounders-related nuggets in 140 characters or less
Wow.— DeAndre Yedlin (@yedlinny) April 5, 2014
Yep, DeAndre nailed this post-match tweet.
Processing complete... that was CRAZY. Proud of the boys today! #battletested— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3) April 5, 2014
And then Brad, echoed that sentiment.
Great performance today from our captain Clint Dempsey. Congrats on the hat trick in a thrilling game against Portland!!— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) April 5, 2014
Yes Jurgen! Great stuff.
Instagram of the Week - Picture...video...all kinds of awesome
Three goals from Clint Dempsey. Here they are. Enjoy!
Gif of the Week - All the frames, all the fun
What a great way to stop a goal that would have put the Timbers up 5-2...off your face!
Video of the Week - Watch and be impressed
Ian Darke with commentary on a first date. Brilliant stuff.