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Seattle 1-0 Chivas: Dempsey gives Sounders advantage

Houston Dynamo v Seattle Sounders Western Conference Finals - Leg 2

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 30: From left, Clint Dempsey #2 of the Seattle Sounders;Nicolas Lodeiro #10 of the Seattle Sounders, Will Bruin #17 of the Seattle Sounders, Nouhou Tolo #5 of the Seattle Sounders Cristian Roldan #7 of the Seattle Sounders, Joevin Jones #33 of the Seattle Sounders and Kelvin Leerdam #18 of the Seattle Sounders celebrate a goal by Dempsey during the second half of the second leg of the MLS Western Conference Finals against the Houston Dynamo at CenturyLink Field on November 30, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders won the match 3-0 and aggregate score 5-0. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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A Clint Dempsey second half goal gave the Seattle Sounders a one-goal advantage over Chivas de Guadalajara as the sides head into next week’s CONCACAF Champions League second leg in Mexico.

In the 78th minute, Henry Wingo was played into space down the right wing, and the local product centered the ball to the oncoming Dempsey, who timed his run perfectly and slotted home past Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota.

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Chivas had chances to score throughout the match but Stefan Frei and the Sounders backline - which had a healthy Chad Marshall back in the lineup - shut the door on the Mexican side.

After a weekend in which few U.S. Men’s National Team-eligible players featured across MLS starting lineups, the Sounders sent out six American starters and brought three more off the bench.

18-year-old sensation Handwalla Bwana, a Homegrown signing like Wingo, made his first Sounders start and caused the Chivas defense a lot of problems with his speed and dribbling ability.