The New York Red Bulls thrashed Columbus 4-1 to stay in second behind Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper both got on the score sheet twice before Columbus captain Chad Marshall scored a late consolation.
Cooper netted twice in the opening 15 minutes to give the visitors the perfect start. Henry bagged the Red Bulls’ third shortly before half-time and his second and an MLS-leading seventh of the season, in stoppage time.
The Red Bulls are on nine points from their five games, behind Kansas who maintained their unblemished record with a 1-0 win over the struggling LA Galaxy.
Kei Kamara scored the lone goal with a header in the 40th minute to consign the Galaxy, who were without David Beckham, to a third loss in four games.
The Galaxy looked bereft of ideas in the loss and failed to register a shot on target as they slumped to the bottom of the Western Conference.
Real Salt Lake stayed top in the West with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, their fifth from six games.
Alberto Saborio and Fabian Espindola scored for the home side.
The San Jose Earthquakes kept up the pressure on Salt Lake with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Chris Wondolowski bagged a brace for the Earthquakes, who are three points behind Salt Lake having played a game less.
DC United shared the spoils in a goalless draw with the Seattle Sounders, while the Montreal Impact claimed their first victory since joining the MLS this season, beating Toronto 2-1 at home.
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