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Sep 11, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Kelyn Rowe (22) clears a ball from Minnesota United FC midfielder Ethan Finlay (13) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

SEATTLE — 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.