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MLS wrap: Red Bulls earn first win, Montreal beaten

SoccerNews in MLS 31 Mar 2013

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New York Red Bulls picked up their first win of the MLS season with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

The Red Bulls went into the game on the back of two defeats and two draws but they picked up maximum points for the first time courtesy of goals from Dax McCarthy and Thierry Henry.

McCarthy opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half before Conor Casey restored parity for the visitors just eight minutes later.

Substitute Henry, who went wide with a spectacular bicycle kick in the 76th minute, re-asserted his side’s dominance in the 81st minute, controlling a short cross from Peguy Luyindula and finishing his first goal of the season.

Leaders Montreal Impact dropped points for the first time in a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting made a bright start to the game as Claudio Bieler tucked his low shot inside the far post on eight minutes.

The match was put beyond doubt 10 minutes from time when Graham Zusi dinked his effort over Troy Perkins.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Houston Dynamo accounted for the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run at home to 30 games.

Will Bruin broke the deadlock in the 18th minute before Giles Barnes doubled the hosts’ advantage, meaning Houston have not tasted defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium since a 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew in June 2011.

A goal from substitute Blas Perez in the dying minutes gave Dallas a 1-0 away win over New England Revolution, Jose Villareal’s injury-time strike salvaged a 2-2 draw for Los Angeles Galaxy against Toronto FC, while the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

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