SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey scored on a header in the 36th minute, and the Seattle Sounders stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
The win lifted Seattle (10-7-7, 37 points) into a tie with Kansas City atop the Western Conference. Sporting (9-5-10, 37 points), which was coming off a penalty-kick shootout win against San Jose in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday night, lost a nine-game MLS unbeaten streak and a club record-tying 13-game overall unbeaten run.
Dempsey’s goal was his team-leading 10th of the season and third in the last two games.
After regaining control of the ball high on the right wing side, Jordan Morris took it toward the end line and floated a cross into the penalty area. Dempsey met it 8 yards in front of the net and headed it into the back right corner past KC goalkeeper Tim Melia.
Goalkeeper Stefan Frei picked up his fourth straight shutout, a club record. The Sounders extended their shutout streak to 400 minutes, breaking the club record of 379.
DYNAMO 3, EARTHQUAKES 0
HOUSTON — Alberth Elis and Vicente Sanchez each had a goal and an assist, and the Dynamo blanked the Earthquakes.
Houston (10-7-7) joined Seattle and Sporting Kansas City at the top of the Western Conference standings by improving to 9-0-3 at home.
Elis got his head on a corner kick by Boniek García to open the scoring with his seventh goal in the 21st minute. It was the Dynamos’ league-leading 17th goal off a set piece.
Elis helped ice the game in the 86th minute with a nifty touch to get around a defender before Sanchez beat his defender and the goalkeeper to the centering pass for his first goal.
Tyler Deric had three saves for his fourth shutout.
San Jose (9-10-5) has lost five straight on the road and remains one point up on Vancouver for the final playoff spot.
CREW 3, FIRE 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Meram scored in the 73rd minute to help the Crew snap a three-game losing streak.
Meram tapped home a cross by Waylon Francis to give Columbus (11-12-2) its first lead. Wil Trapp perfectly placed a long, arcing pass down the left side to Francis, who fed Meram at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish.
Michael de Leeuw gave the Fire a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, but Kekuta Manneh chipped a loose ball over the sliding Matt Lampson to tie it in the 18th. Ola Kamara capped the scoring in the 88th minute, converting from the spot after drawing a penalty on Lampson.
Chicago (12-6-5) has lost three of its last four after an 11-match unbeaten streak.
RED BULLS 3, ORLANDO CITY 1
HARRISON, N.J. — Sean Davis assisted on the go-ahead goal and added an insurance goal in the 80th minute to lift the Red Bulls to a contentious win.
There were four yellow cards and Orlando’s Kaka was given a red card in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
Davis set up the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute, slotting the ball forward to Alex Muyl with Bradley Wright-Phillips beating goalkeeper Joe Bendik to the spot on the centering pass for the redirect and his 14th goal. Davis then took a throw-in from Kemar Lawrence, tapped it to his right and curled in a perfect shot from distance in the 80th minute.
The Red Bull (12-9-2) have scored 12 goals and allowed just two in their last three home games after a slow start. Orlando City (8-10-6) has won only twice in its last 17 games.
REVOLUTION 1, WHITECAPS 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal in five matches, helping the New England to the victory.
Each of New England’s seven wins has come at home. The Revolution (7-10-5) are 0-8-3 on the road.
Bunbury finished a nice passing sequence in the 53rd minute. Kelyn Rowe, near midfield, tapped a goal kick by Vancouver’s Stefan Marinovic to Kei Kamara, who tapped it back to Rowe on the right side for the feed to a charging Bunbury just outside the 6-yard box.
Cody Cropper had two saves for his sixth shutout of the season.
Vancouver (9-8-4) had its three-game road unbeaten streak snapped.
TORONTO FC 4, TIMBERS 1
TORONTO — Justin Morrow scored twice in the second half, leading streaking Toronto FC to another win.
Victor Vazquez and Marco Delgado also scored for Toronto (13-3-8), which improved to 9-0-3 at home this season. The Reds are also unbeaten in six straight overall (3-0-3).
Alex Bono was working on a shutout before Diego Valeri scored in the 89th minute for Portland (9-9-7), which had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped.
Vazquez made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute by redirecting a Sebastian Giovinco cross past Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella for his fifth of the season.
Morrow added his fifth of the season three minutes later.
IMPACT 3, UNION 0
CHESTER, Pa. — Montreal’s Blerim Dzemaili scored two second-half goals.
Dzemaili scored the game-winner in the 69th minute, burying a deflection off of Daniel Lovitz’s cross for his fifth goal.
Ignacio Piatti added his 10th goal in the second minute of stoppage time after Dzemaili was taken down by Union goalkeeper John McCarthy in front of the goal. Dzemaili wrapped it up four minutes later, finding the far post after a feed inside from Piatti.
Evan Bush had two saves for his fourth shutout.
Montreal (8-8-6) moved into seventh place, five points behind Atlanta, while Philadelphia (8-11-5) dropped to ninth.
RAPIDS 0, FC DALLAS 0
FRISCO, Texas — Tim Howard had six saves for Colorado, and FC Dallas had a goal taken away by video review.
The match was delayed nearly 90 minutes due to lightning in the area.
It was Howard’s third shutout this season for Colorado (6-12-4), which is winless in its last 11 road matches — the third-longest such streak in franchise history — dating to last season.
Maximiliano Urruti had a goal disallowed after video review due to a foul committed by FC Dallas’ Atiba Harris during the attacking phase leading up to the goal. It was the second match in a row that Dallas had a goal called back on video review, which was introduced in MLS beginning Aug. 5.
FC Dallas (9-5-8) is winless in its last three after a three-match win streak.
NEW YORK CITY FC 2, GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif. — Jonathan Lewis and David Villa scored and Sean Johnson had five saves in his fifth shutout of the season for New York City (13-7-4).
Lewis, a 20-year-old rookie, side-stepped a defender and then ripped a shot from just outside the box off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net to open the scoring in the 54th minute. It was his first MLS goal.
Villa, working against two defenders, jumped back to create space and then stepped left before rifling a long-range left-footer past Brian Rowe for his MLS-leading 18th goal of the season in the 73rd.
Los Angeles (6-12-5) outshot NYCFC 21-10. The Galaxy are winless, with seven losses, in their last eight games and have just one win since the end of May.