New York go top in the East and LA draws with San Jose
Houston Dynamo 0 New York Red Bulls 3 20 October
Tim Cahill scored the quickest ever goal in MLS history as the Red Bulls made it seven games unbeaten to go to the top of the Eastern Conference by a point over Sporting Kansas City and into the lead in the race for the Supporters Shield. The success for the visitors also gave them the season sweep against the Dynamo after they recorded a 2-0 win in June when the sides met at Red Bull Arena and a 4-1 victory last month when the side last met here. 7 seconds from the kick-off and the visitors were celebration as Cahill found the net after Dax McCarty had lobbed a ball up to him and the Aussie took it down before lashing it past a shell-shocked Tally Hall in the Houston goal. It was not just the odd tick that it shaved off the previous record that Dwayne De Rosario held but a full 4 seconds. Despite being rocked on their heals Houston regained their composer and it took the away side until 20 minutes into the second-half to double their advantage. The Dynamo failed to clear a Thierry Henry corner and after it had pinged around the area Ibrahim Sekagya who was up from the back managed to get his head to it and send it past Hall. The game was put to bed 10 minutes later when New York added an insurance tally. Again they were helped by some sloppy defending from the home team as in trying to clear his lines Jermaine Taylor hit the ball straight at the head of his colleague Corey Ashe and it fell perfectly for Bradley Wright-Phillips, who had replaced Cahill 12 minutes earlier, to tap the ball home. The defeat for the Dynamo ended their five match unbeaten streak and keeps them in sixth place in the East level on points with fifth place New England going into both sides final regular season game.
LA Galaxy 0 San Jose Earthquakes 0
The Galaxy missed the chance to move to the summit of the Western Conference and had to settle for staying third after being held to a draw. The point earned stretched their unbeaten run to three games and clinched them a playoff birth, but they can now not win the Supporters Shield. The season series between the two sides ended in parity as each team managed one victory to go with this stalemate. Both sides had chances to claim the win with San Jose having the better of the first-half. The Galaxy closed the match the stronger with them having a couple of chances in the final 10 minutes but both goal-keepers Jaime Penedo of LA and Jon Busch of San Jose were relativity untroubled. The tie for the Earthquakes extends their undefeated run to six games but still leaves them in sixth spot and although they are still only three points behind Colorado and Seattle and with a chance of getting level with the Rapids on total wins the tiebreaker of goals for leaves them having to make up an unrealistic amount which mostly likely means they will not make the post-season.
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