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New York is among 3 teams tied for MLS East lead

Lloyd Sam and Tim Cahill scored to lead the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 victory over last-place D.C. United in a Major League Soccer match.

The Associated Press

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HARRISON, N.J. – Lloyd Sam and Tim Cahill scored to lead the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 victory over last-place D.C. United in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

The Red Bulls (12-9-6) have 42 points and are tied for the Eastern Conference lead with Sporting Kansas City (12-9-6) and Montreal (12-7-6).The Impact has played two fewer matches than the other leaders.

New York won despite playing without standout forward Thierry Henry for the first 57 minutes as punishment for his blowup at practice with coach Mike Petke. Bradley Wright-Phillips made his first MLS start in Henry’s place.

Sporting Kansas City beat visiting Colorado 2-1 as Graham Zusi scored in the 88th minute. Benny Feilhaber scored from 30 yards in the 33rd minute, ending a 213-minute scoreless streak for Sporting KC.

Montreal was held to a scoreless draw by host Philadelphia. Troy Perkins made four saves for the Impact.

In the MLS Western Conference, Robbie Keane had two goals and an assist to lead the host Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-0 victory over San Jose.

Thorns earn title

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair led the Portland Thorns to the National Women’s Soccer League championship, scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash before a crowd of 9,129.

Heath scored in the 41st minute off a free kick.

“As soon as I saw an opportunity like that, I just wanted it really badly,” Heath said. “It was shot all the way, for sure.”

Sinclair, a former standout for the Flash, scored in stoppage time.

Portland won even though it was a player down after defender Kathryn Williamson was ejected in the 56th minute.

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