Clint Dempsey headed in Andreas Ivanschitz’s corner kick in the 79th minute as the Sounders edged the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field for their first win of the season.

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Clint Dempsey headed in Andreas Ivanschitz’s corner kick in the 79th minute as the Sounders edged the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Saturday night at CenturyLink Field for their first win of the season.

These are my first impressions:

– Seattle’s lineup changes were significant, if not permanent.

Dempsey dropped back from the front line into the midfield, while Aaron Kovar made just his third career start on the right wing.

On paper, the Sounders (1-3-0) presented the formation as the 4-3-3 they’d been rolling out since the preseason. In practice, though, they lined up in something more like a 4-2-3-1 — Osvaldo Alonso and Cristian Roldan shielding the back line and Dempsey lined up directly behind lone forward Nelson Valdez.

Some of this is just semantics, of course, and this wasn’t a clean break with the strategy Seattle has talked up since training camp. But the changes did reflect just how antsy the team was to break out of its 0-3-0 start.

“How can I maybe jump start this?” coach Sigi Schmid asked, rhetorically, earlier this week, and his tweaked lineup was a potential answer.

Rookie forward Jordan Morris was relegated to the bench, but much like Joevin Jones getting replaced by Dylan Remick after picking up a minor injury on international duty, wait at least another week until considering it as a permanent relegation.

Morris came on as a 57th-minute sub for Kovar and pushed Valdez out on the wing.

The rookie out of Stanford played more than 150 minutes for the U.S. U-23 team during its two-leg Olympic qualifying playoff loss to Colombia.

“(Morris) is 100 percent healthy and 100 percent fit,” Schmid explained Friday before adding a caveat. “Those aren’t the issues. Anytime you go to your national team, you come back and there’s a little bit of a letdown. Certainly, they were trying achieve a pretty lofty goal. When you don’t achieve that lofty goal, it takes you a few days to psychologically get back and make yourself strong.”

– Despite the tweaks, this game was more of the same.

Seattle’s MLS matches in 2016 have followed a predictable pattern: Plenty of ball control, occasionally intricate passing patterns and very few legitimate scoring opportunities.

The Sounders dominated the first half again on Saturday night, managing almost 60 percent of the possession and rocking the Impact back on its heels from the start. They could not turn that control into goals, however – they only even managed a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes – and the bright start gradually slowed to a crawl.

The goal eventually came, though again from a set piece and not open play.

– All that said, the Sounders will take it.

With Seattle sitting at the bottom of the league standings, this was a results-over-style kind of night. The goal was more brute force than a work of art, Dempsey muscling between defenders to get his head to Ivanschitz’s cross.

This wasn’t a performance that answered legitimate questions about Seattle’s offensive chemistry and whether all of its talented pieces fit together.

But the losing streak is over, and calls for panic silenced for at least another win. The Sounders needed a win, and they got one.