Posted: Saturday July 21, 2012 6:10PM ; Updated: Sunday July 22, 2012 1:33AM

MLS: Cooper scores twice, Red Bulls blank Union

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Kenny Cooper scored for the first time since May 23 for the Red Bulls, who are undefeated at home.
Kenny Cooper scored for the first time since May 23 for the Red Bulls, who are undefeated at home.
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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- 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 going nearly two months without a goal, the New York striker headed in two scores in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

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"Claudio has always been a personal hero of mine," Cooper said. "It's obviously a very sad situation. I wanted to do something to pay tribute to Claudio's son. Hopefully, I was able to honor him."

Cooper scored one goal in each half in a span of 15 minutes, both by using his head, something he rarely does.

"I don't recall the last time I scored with a header," said Cooper, who has 13 goals, second in the MLS to San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, who has 17. "But I have to give credit to my teammates. I was right outside the goal and the quality of the passes was perfect."

Cooper scored for the first time since May 23. The Red Bulls (11-5-5) remain undefeated at home this season, improving to 7-0-3. New York is the lone MLS team without a loss at home.

Cooper, who did not start Wednesday's game against Chicago, scored off a pass from rookie Connor Lade in the 43rd minute, then added another header off a fine feed from Thierry Henry in the 58th minute.

Lade had two assists.

It was the second straight shutout victory for Bill Gaudette, who made two saves in place of injured starter Ryan Meara. Gaudette has started three straight games with two wins and a tie.

Philadelphia (6-10-2) had its best scoring chance in the first half when Josue Martinez got behind Red Bulls rookie defender Jonathan Borrajo in the 40th minute. Martinez burst past Borrajo, who was making his first-ever MLS appearance after entering the game in the 16th minute when Brandon Barklage strained his right hamstring. Martinez fired a shot that Gaudette stopped with his right arm.

Barklage's injury further hampered the Red Bulls' back line. All-Star Heath Pearce was out with a hamstring injury, along with Rafa Marquez and Jan Gunnar Solli.

Philadelphia played without forward Freddy Adu, who did not accompany the Union to New Jersey for what interim coach John Hackworth called a "team matter."

"Freddy's a fantastic player, but he wasn't here today," Hackworth said. "We can debate it if we missed him or not. But we just didn't make the play when we had the chance. It was our ninth game in 27 days and we didn't have our normal energy."

Los Angeles 3, Chivas USA 1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Landon Donovan scored twice to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.

Robbie Keane got his fifth goal in the last four games to help the Galaxy (9-10-3) win for the sixth time in nine games since returning from a three-week break in June. Donovan has seven goals and Keane six in that span.

Paolo Cardozo scored his first MLS goal in the 52nd minute for Chivas (6-8-5), which lost for the second time in 10 league matches.

Beckham's three-game goal-scoring streak ended, but he had assists on the first two goals.

FC Dallas 5, Portland 0

FRISCO, Texas -- Jackson had a goal and two assists to help FC Dallas get a season high in scoring.

Andrew Jacobson, Scott Sealy, Ruben Luna also scored for Dallas (5-10-7), which played without top offensive player Brek Shea - left off the roster for disciplinary reasons. David Ferreira also had two assists and Dallas benefited from an own goal by Portland's Hanyer Mosquera.

Dallas, which won for the second time in three games since a 13-game winless streak (07-6), hadn't scored more than twice in a game all season.

The Timbers (5-11-4) lost their fourth straight, and third since general manager Gavin Wilkinson took over coaching duties from John Spencer on July 9. Portland remained winless in 10 road games (0-8-2) while being outscored 20-2.

Kansas City 0, New England 0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made four saves for his league-leading ninth shutout of the season in a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution.

Sporting (11-6-4) moved one point behind first-place New York in the Eastern Conference. Nielsen's shutout moved him one ahead of Vancouver's Joe Cannon.

Matt Reis earned his fourth shutout for New England (6-9-5), which is just 1-7-2 on the road.

Each goalie had to make a spectacular save to preserve the draw. Nielsen punched out Ryan Guy's header in the 15th minute, and Reis made a diving fingertip save to deflect Jacob Peterson's header in the 52nd.

Houston 3, Montreal 0

HOUSTON -- Macoumba Kandji scored twice to extend the Dynamo's unbeaten streak to six games.

Bobby Boswell also scored to help the Dynamo (9-5-7) win their third straight and move into third place in the Eastern Coference. Kandji had his first two-goal game since Oct. 24, 2009, when he was playing for New York.

Montreal (7-13-3) has lost two of three and five of its last seven.

Kandji put the Dynamo up 1-0 in the seventh minute, knocking in the rebound of his own shot off Montreal goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and Zarek Valentin and inside the far post.

Boswell extended Houston's in the 84th minute with a header from inside the 6-yard box to just inside the far post off Brad Davis' corner kick. Kandji capped the scoring in the 89th minute.

Columbus 1, D.C. United 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chris Birchall scored in the 46th minute to help the Columbus Crew end a two-game skid.

Birchall, in his sixth game after being signed in May following three seasons with Los Angeles, ran past the D.C. line to take a leading ball from Jairo Arrieta. Birchall dribbled down the left side and scored from 10 yards out with his left foot for his first goal with the Crew (7-7-4).

Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made three saves for his seventh shutout.

Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado 0

SANDY, UTAH (AP) -- Alvaro Saborio and Will Johnson both scored and Real Salt Lake beat Colorado.

Salt Lake (12-7-3) won its second straight at home to bounce back from a 5-0 loss at San Jose a week earlier.

Colorado (7-13-1) lost its fifth straight and is winless in its last eight meetings against Salt Lake.

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