CARSON, California (AP) — Colorado took advantage of a Los Angeles' absence of international players and won 1-0 at the Galaxy on Saturday to cut the gap between the two teams to a single point.
That result and Seattle's home win over Chicago saw the Sounders move clear into second place in the Western Conference.
Sporting Kansas City went clear top of the Eastern Conference after a home win against Columbus, while there were also home victories for Dallas over Vancouver and Portland over Toronto.
Colorado's Edson Buddle scored the sole goal in the 75th minute, rocketing a shot into the upper-left corner of the net after Vicente Sanchez stripped Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant of the ball on Los Angeles' left wing.
The Galaxy, which was without Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Jaime Penedo on international duty, lost at home for the first time since early May.
Seattlle benefited from an own goal in the 89th minute to beat Chicago 2-1 and bring up its fourth straight win.
Gonzalo Segares ran back toward the goal to clear the ball and instead knocked it into the net.
Lamar Neagle also scored for Seattle and Mike Magee netted for Chicago, which has never beaten the Sounders and lost there for the fourth straight time.
Sporting Kansas City moved three points clear atop the East, ahead of New York and Montreal who play on Sunday, with a 3-0 win over Columbus.
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