VIDEO: Dempsey returns with a brace as Sounders oust Whitecaps

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The former U.S. national team captain came through in the clutch for Seattle, scoring twice to send his side to the Western Conference final

Clint Dempsey came back from suspension in a big way, scoring twice to lead the Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference semifinals. 

After missing out on a 0-0 draw in the first leg through suspension, Dempsey came up big for the home side in the second leg Thursday. 

The 34-year-old came close with a volley in the first half, getting on the end of a Nicolas Lodiero cross and pulling it just wide of the mark. 

But the Texan found the mark midway through the second half, finishing off a Seattle move with a left-footed shot into the corner to put his side in front. 

The former U.S. captain then finished the tie off with his second of the night, touching home a cross from Victor Rodriguez to double the lead. 

Dempsey and the Sounders will now make use of the international break to get healthy — with Osvaldo Alonso and Jordan Morris among their injury concerns — before taking on the Portland Timbers or Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference final.

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