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Seattle Sounders beat Minnesota United 1-0, extend conference lead

Sep 11, 2021, 4:47 PM | Updated: Sep 13, 2021, 9:23 pm
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Gustav Svensson #4 of Seattle Sounders celebrates his winning go...
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 07: Gustav Svensson #4 of Seattle Sounders celebrates his winning goal with Brad Smith #2, Raul Ruidiaz #9 and Will Bruin #17 against the Minnesota United in the second half during the Western Conference Final of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Lumen Field on December 07, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders won 3-2. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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

Seattle (13-4-6) 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 (8-7-7) had its four-game undefeated run on the road 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.

Minnesota was without its leading goal scorer Robin Lod and leading assister Emanuel Reynoso due to injuries.

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