Seattle beat Kansas, Houston defeat San Jose

Colorado Rapids forward Alan Gordon, left, and FC Dallas defender Atiba Harris compete for a head ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Vancouver Whitecaps' Kendall Waston, center, battles to get a head on the ball against New England Revolution's JeVaughn Watson (15) and Kei Kamara (23) during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, center, reacts to play after an attack by FC Dallas as teammates Jared Watts (33) and Mike da Fonte and FC Dallas forward Maximiliano Urruti, right, walk nearby during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Vancouver Whitecaps' Stefan Marinovic, bottom right, comes out of the net to stop the ball in front of teammate Jake Nerwinski, left, and New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Montreal Impact's Blerim Dzemaili, middle, celebrates with Ignacio Patti, right, and Michael Salazar after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Chester, Pa. The Impact won 3-0. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Philadelphia Union's Joshua Yaro, left, and Montreal Impact's Matteo Mancosu vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Chester, Pa. The Impact won 3-0. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

SEATTLE — Clint Dempsey scored his 50th MLS goal for Seattle on Saturday as the Sounders beat Kansas City 1-0.

Dempsey broke the deadlock when he scored off a first half header as the Sounders stretched their unbeaten streak to eight matches and joined Kansas in a three-way tie for the lead at the top of the Western Conference standings.

The two teams were later joined on 37 points by the Houston Dynamo, who posted a resounding 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Houston made it six games on the trot without defeat when Alberth Elis scored in the first half then Vicente Sanchez and Mauro Manotas added goals in the second term.

Toronto maintained their four point lead in the Eastern Conference standings with an emphatic 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers, with all five goals coming in the second half.

Justin Morrow scored twice for Toronto while Victor Vazquez and Marco Delgado also netted before Diego Valeri's late consolation for Portland.

Jonathan Lewis and David Villa both scored as New York City beat LA Galaxy 2-0 to remain second on the Western Conference ladder,

Lewis, a 20-year-old rookie, scored his first MLS goal in brilliant fashion with a long-range strike while Spanish World Cup winner fired in his 18th of the season, the most in the MLS.

Columbus Crew came from a goal behind to beat Chicago 3-1 while the New York Red Bulls also fought back to down Orlando City by the exact same score.

Montreal's Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili scored twice as the Impact beat Philadelphia 3-0, while Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal in five matches to help New England beat Vancouver '1-0. Dallas and Colorado played out a scoreless draw.

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