Dempsey leads Sounders past Sporting KC 1-0

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey kicks the ball against Atlanta United in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Friday, March 31, 2017, in Seattle. The match ended in a 0-0 tie. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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SEATTLE (AP) -- 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. It also was his 50th across all competitions for the Sounders.

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.