Cooper's two goals give Red Bulls lead in East | MLS
Kenny Cooper ended a scoring drought of nearly two months to lead New York past Philadelphia, 2-0.
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HARRISON, N.J. — Playing with a heavy heart, Kenny Cooper wanted to do something special Saturday.
Cooper hoped to honor the memory of former Red Bulls captain Claudio Reyna's 13-year-old son, Jack, who died Thursday of cancer. After nearly two months without a goal, the New York striker headed in two scores, one in each half, in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union (6-10-2).
"Claudio has always been a personal hero of mine," said Cooper, who has 13 goals, second in MLS to San Jose's Chris Wondolowski. "It's obviously a very sad situation. I wanted to do something to pay tribute to Claudio's son."
The Red Bulls (11-5-5) remained undefeated at home this season. The win, coupled with Sporting Kansas City's tie with New England, propelled the Red Bulls to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
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