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MLS wrap: Red Bulls hold Kansas City, Galaxy triumph

SoccerNews in MLS 27 Aug 2012

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Sporting Kansas City remains atop of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference after a 1-1 draw to the New York Red Bulls.

A win would have seen the New York side – who trail Kansas City by two points – overtake Sporting in the standings.

But in the end the Red Bulls were lucky to escape with the draw – it took an own goal from Kei Kamara in the 28th to equalize the contest and save New York from the loss.

Sporting took the lead in the fourth minute when a chip from Graham Zusi allowed Teal Bunbury to set up Kamara to score the first of his two goals with a looping header.

The goal was Kamara’s fifth in his past 10 MLS games.

In the 28th minute, forward Sebastien Le Toux powered the ball into the box with a free kick, which deflected from Kamara’s head for an own goal, seeing him score at both ends in the first half.

Kamara was attempting to block a run from New York’s Tim Cahill, but instead headed the ball past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielson to tie the match.

Despite holding 60 percent possession and dominating the attempts on goal 13 to three, Sporting were unable to register another score.

The LA Galaxy, meanwhile, recorded two second-half goals to beat FC Dallas 2-0 at the Home Depot Center.

Juninho produced the Galaxy’s first from when the rookie won the ball 15 yards out and moved past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to fire into an open goal.

The second came in the 84th when Todd Dunivant followed up an errant pass to Robbie Keane in the Dallas box, allowing the defender to finish into the back of the net.

Galaxy moved within three points of second-place Seattle and third-place Real Salt Lake as they look to close the gap on MLS leader San Jose.

Dallas sit five points behind Vancouver in their battle for fifth and the final Western playoff berth.

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