Posted: Wednesday July 18, 2012 8:02PM ; Updated: Thursday July 19, 2012 1:38AM

MLS: Henry's first goal since April 28 carries Red Bulls past Fire

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Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry's 10th goal of the season, and first since April 28, lifted New York.
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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- With record-setting temperatures stifling Red Bull Arena, New York coach Hans Backe asked captain Thierry Henry if he wanted to sit the game out.

Henry declined and scored in the 71st minute to lift the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

"The boss asked me if I wanted to play," Henry said. "I told him that I needed to play. I needed to get back into a rhythm, because I haven't been playing much lately. I'm getting better, but to get better, I need minutes. I hadn't scored in a while, so I needed to do something to win the game."

It was Henry's 10th goal of the season -- and first since April 28, when he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over New England. Henry missed four games in May due to a hamstring strain, returned for one game, then missed two games in June with a strained calf.

The Red Bulls (10-5-5) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and remained the lone MLS team to be undefeated at home (6-0-3).

Chicago (9-7-4), which was 6-1-3 against the Red Bulls since 2008, remained in fourth place in the East.

Bill Gaudette, playing in just his second game with the Red Bulls, got the shutout without having to make a save.

The game drew an attendance of 15,815 in record-breaking 106-degree temperatures, the hottest July 18 ever recorded in New Jersey.

"It was amazing," Henry said. "I never played in anything like this. It's the kind of day where you want to stay in the air conditioning and drink lots of water. You just do whatever you can."

Backe thought his team played well despite the heat and humidity.

"They were difficult conditions to play in, but it would have been more difficult if we were to lose," he said. "The players had to know how to handle the heat. They could go forward when we had the opportunity, but you can never tell in conditions like this. We made the most of our chances."

After the majority of the game was played to a crawl, Henry blasted a left-footed shot that went off the far right goalpost and into the net.

Rookie Connor Lade, who entered the match only a few minutes prior, made a fine play at midfield to move the ball up the field. Lade fed newcomer Sebastian Le Toux, who made a perfect 35-yard cross to Henry. The French superstar settled the ball with his chest, then put it to his left foot. The shot was from a tough angle, but Henry managed to get it high off the post and past Sean Johnson.

"We wanted to win this game," Henry said. "I got a great pass from Seb and it was striker's instinct. It was one of those things. Sometimes, they go in. Sometimes, they don't."

San Jose 2, FC Dallas 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Marvin Chavez scored against his former team and Alan Gordon added his eighth goal of the season to lead the San Jose Earthquakes.

San Jose had to withstand an 89th-minute goal from Hernan Pertuz and a missed penalty kick in the 94th minute by Jair Benitez.

The Earthquakes (13-4-4) widened their lead in the Supporters' Shield race to seven points clear of Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City. San Jose is unbeaten at home in Buck Shaw Stadium since Aug. 13, an 8-0-3 run.

FC Dallas (4-10-7) ended a 13-match winless streak Saturday, but couldn't continue its momentum, despite the debut of newly acquired designated player Julian de Guzman, traded last week by Toronto FC.

Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Second-half substitute Jose Villarreal scored in the 87th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-2 tie.

David Beckham also scored for L.A. in the second half as the Galaxy overcame a 2-0 deficit. Gershon Koffie and Barry Robson scored first-half goals for the Whitecaps.

The defending-champion Galaxy (8-10-3) remain four points behind the Whitecaps (8-6-7) in the race for the fifth place in the Western Conference.

Vancouver had lost its three previous meetings with Los Angeles by a combined 10-0 score.

Houston 2, Sporting KC 1

HOUSTON -- Calen Carr scored twice and the Dynamo defeated 10-man Sporting Kansas City to extend Houston's unbeaten streak to five games.

The win tied Houston (8-5-7, 31 points) with the Chicago Fire for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and ended Kansas City's unbeaten streak at three games.

Carr put Houston ahead 2-1 in the 79th minute after feeding a pass to Brad Davis outside the left box and hitting Davis' cross inside the near post from inside the 6-yard box.

Carr opened the scoring in the 25th minute after taking a pass from Will Bruin in the right box and hitting a right-footed shot inside the near post from eight yards out.

Kei Kamara scored in the 42nd minute on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1, freezing Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall and hitting it inside the near post. The goal ended Houston's shutout streak at 356 minutes and was the first goal Houston had allowed in four games.

Kansas City (11-6-3, 36 points) earned the penalty in the 41st minute after Houston's Andre Hainault pulled down Kansas City's Jacob Peterson from behind in the box.

Kansas City played at a man disadvantage for the entire second half after Peterson Joseph was given a red card by referee Mark Kadlecik after he tackled Carr from behind in first half stoppage.

Montreal 2, New England 1

MONTREAL -- Sanna Nyassi volleyed in the winner in the 68th minute to lift the Montreal Impact.

Patrice Bernier also scored on a penalty for Montreal (7-12-3), which leapfrogged New England (6-9-4) to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Lee Nguyen's strike for New England was ruled an own goal, but it's likely the former Vancouver Whitecap will be credited with his fourth of the season.

New England was coming off a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC and has never won a game in Canada, going 0-1 in Vancouver and 0-2-4 in Toronto.

The Impact, now 6-3-2 at home, won for only the second time in their last six games.

Chivas USA 1, Portland 0

CARSON, Calif. -- Miller Bolanos scored his first MLS goal to lift Chivas USA.

The 1 p.m. PDT kickoff was a first; the club had no such weekday start times in its eight-year history.

Bolanos' goal was just the 12th Chivas has scored in 18 games. It came at an opportune time against an opponent nearly even in the Western Conference standings. Chivas (6-7-5) now sits four points in front of Portland.

In the 16th minute, Ryan Smith dribbled past Portland's Steven Smith and held off defender Mamadou Danso before sending a ball across the goal area. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins dived but only got a hand to it. Bolanos finished into an empty net.

Bolanos, 22, played in just nine of the club's previous 17 games.

Toronto FC 2, Colorado 1

TORONTO -- Newly acquired forward Andrew Wiedeman scored his first MLS goal to lift Toronto FC to a victory over the slumping Colorado Rapids.

Fullback Doneil Henry started the play on the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute. Beating a defender in the corner, he sent the ball toward the box and, after rookie Luis Silva swept it toward goal, Wiedeman poked it in.

The 22-year-old was playing in just his 10th career MLS game and was making his second appearance as a substitute since coming over to Toronto last Friday in the deal that sent Julian de Guzman to FC Dallas.

Conor Casey scored in the 23rd minute for Colorado (7-12-1). Jamaican international Ryan Johnson, making up for a flubbed penalty in the third minute, replied for Toronto (5-11-4) in the 51st.

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