Henry, Cooper lead Red Bulls past Toronto FC


HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) -Thierry Henry scored a goal and set up three others as the New York Red Bulls cruised to a 4-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night, firming their chances to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Kenny Cooper added a brace and Markus Holgersson also scored for the Red Bulls, who pulled even with Chicago for second place in the East - five points behind Sporting Kansas City.

Ryan Johnson scored in the sixth minute to give Toronto FC an early lead, but that was as good as it got for the home team.

The Red Bulls scored twice in a 14-minute span in the first half to take the lead. Henry hit a perfect corner kick in the 13th minute, for Holgersson to head home the equalizer. In the 27th minute, Henry's clever back heel pass set up Cooper to fire the Red Bulls into the lead.

Henry then made the play to set up the next goal, drawing defenders to him, before finding Cooper in space in the 88th. It gave Cooper 16 goals on the season, second in MLS behind Chris Wondolowski. The three assists gave Henry 12 for the season, and he capped a stellar night with his 14th goal from 25 yards out in stoppage time.


At Houston, Ricardo Clark and Oscar Boniek Garcia scored second half goals to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 2-0 home win over the New England Revolution.

Houston remained one point ahead of Columbus for the fifth and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and extended its home unbeaten streak to 23 games, with the last home loss coming June 18, 2011, against the Crew.

Clark gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the 77th minute, taking a chip pass from Brad Davis into the right 6-yard box before shooting it off the post and in.

Garcia increased the lead in second half stoppage, taking a cross from Warren Creavalle and volleyed it inside the far post.


At Columbus, Ohio, Milovan Mirosevic scored the in the 87th minute to lift the Columbus Crew to a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia, eliminating the Union from playoff contention.

Jairo Arrieta put Columbus ahead in the 44th minute from a cross from the right side by Sebastian Miranda. He added the second in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time, latching on to a long goal kick by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to score.

Danny Cruz converted a penalty kick in the 65th minute and Jack McInerney equalized in the 86th for the Union, but Columbus hit straight back retake the lead.


At Vancouver, British Columbia, Michael Gspurning made three saves for his sixth clean sheet of the season as the Seattle Sounders earned a scoreless draw at Vancouver, clinching a Western Conference playoff berth.

The Sounders are assured of finishing no worse than fourth in West, but only after Gspurning stopped Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit's shot in stoppage time.

Vancouver, without a win in seven games, did earn a valuable point as it tries to hold on to the conference's fifth and final playoff spot.


At Santa Clara, California, Steven Lenhart scored two goals, including an equalizer in second-half stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied for a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas.

Lenhart headed home a ball flicked on by Alan Gordon, from a cross by Justin Morrow, five minutes into stoppage time to keep San Jose's unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium intact. The Earthquakes have 11 wins and seven draws at their home venue since Aug. 13, 2011.

Blas Perez scored in the 37th and 72nd minutes for FC Dallas and Matt Hedges added one in the 88th minute. Dallas lost an opportunity to pull level with Vancouver for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, remaining two points back.


At Portland, Oregon, Bright Dike scored in the 79th minute to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw with D.C. United and kept its postseason hopes alive for at least another week.

Chris Pontius' penalty in the 60th minute gave United the lead, after Timbers defender David Horst was controversially adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty box by the match officials, prompting boos and whistles from the home fans.

The draw ends United's three-game winning streak and dropped it to fourth place in the Eastern Conference. D.C. began the day level with New York in third, but the Red Bulls beat Toronto to pull equal with Chicago for second.


At Carson, California, Alvaro Saborio's hat-trick lifted Real Salt Lake to a 4-0 victory at Chivas USA and into second place in the Western Conference.

Paulo Jr. also scored for Salt Lake, which went provisionally three points clear in second place in the Western standings, ahead of Los Angeles' trip to Colorado on Sunday.

Saborio scored two early goals to give Salt Lake a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes. He completed his hat trick in the 65th minute when his shot cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and bounce over the goal line.

Chivas remained at the foot of the ladder in the West after losing its sixth consecutive match and has now not scored a goal in a season-high 442 minutes.

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