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SEATTLE (AP) -- Clint Dempsey is scoring again for the Seattle Sounders.

Dempsey converted off a corner kick in the 52nd minute and the Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday to extend their overall MLS lead.

Dempsey has scored in consecutive game for the Sounders (15-7-3) after a five-match drought. He got one last week in a 4-2 victory at rival Portland, a much more wide-open contest than the grind-it-out battle against the Rapids (8-12-6).

''When we play at home, most teams sit back, and it opens up in the second half,'' Dempsey said. ''In an ideal world, you can open the game up in the first half and get some goals, and it makes the game easier for you. But the most important thing is the three points and getting two wins in a row and try to keep going from there.''

Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei had his league-leading eighth shutout. The Sounders boosted their points total to 48, assuring that they'll retain the Western Conference and Supporters Shield leads, regardless of any other results this weekend.

''It's important to get points and stay up the table, make the playoffs, and make sure you're going into the playoffs on a good run of form,'' Dempsey said. ''You don't want to limp in.''

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