May 13, 2012
Red Bulls to 1st in East; Chivas snap skid
NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 2
|Kenny Cooper’s 78th-minute goal lifted the New York Red Bulls over the Philadelphia Union and to the top of the Eastern Conference standings Sunday at PPL Park.
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CHESTER, Pa.—The New York Red Bulls rallied from a goal down to nip the shorthanded Philadelphia Union 3-2 and take over first place in the MLS East Sunday at PPL Park.
New York’s Joel Lindpere opened the scoring in the 17th minute, off an assist from Mehdi Ballouchy. The score was tied 1-1 in the 42nd minute, when Union midfielder Freddy Adu went down in the penalty area and was shown his second yellow card of the match and sent off. Lionard Pajoy gave the Union an improbable 2-1 lead seconds after halftime, with his second goal of the game, but the Red Bulls finally began to wear down the feisty Philadelphia defense.
The wheels started to come off for the Union, who were playing their third game in eight days, in the 69th minute. Taking the Red Bulls first corner kick of the game, Brandon Barklage sent the ball over the head of Michael Farfan. Markus Holgersson slipped in front of his defender and sent a header into the net.
Nine minutes later, New York regained the lead when Juan Agudelo sent a beautiful ball from the center circle to a charging Kenny Cooper. Cooper made a perfect shot from inside the area for his ninth goal of the season.
The loss was the third straight for the Union, who fall to 2-6-1, 7 pts, while the win was the fourth straight for New York (7-3-1, 22 pts.).
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CHIVAS USA 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Chivas USA' snapped their three-game losing streak on Sunday, but could not hang on for the win, playing the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1- tie at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Chivas stunned San Jose just four minutes in, when 19 year old Jose Correa scored his first MLS goal. Defender James Riley made a run down the right side along the edge of the penalty area and centered the ball to Correa, who sent a dipping shot past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch for the 1-0 lead.
The lead held until the 88th minute, when former Goat Alan Gordon scored the equalizer. Rookie Sam Garza sent a cross from the left side into the fray in front of te Chivas goalmouth. Gordon rose up ever so slightly and sent a glancing header off the hands of Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to knot the game.
The draw improves the Goats’ record to 3-6-1, 10 pts, while San Jose moved into sole possession of second place in the West, at 7-2-2, 23 pts, a point ahead of Seattle.
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