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Seattle wins 1-0, extends lead atop Western Conference

Minnesota had its four-game road undefeated streak end.
Credit: AP
Minnesota United defender Chase Gasper (77) in the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SEATTLE — João Paulo scored his second goal of the season and the Seattle Sounders beat Minnesota United 1-0 to extend their lead atop the Western Conference.

Seattle snapped a four-game winless stretch at home. It was the first time in the club’s history to earn just one point in any four-match home run. 

Minnesota had its four-game road undefeated streak end. Paulo scored in the 22nd minute. 

Nicolás Lodeiro and Nicolas Benezet connected on a give-and-go along the right side, and Benezet sent it back to the edge of the penalty area for Paulo’s one-touch finish off the post and in.