Posted: Sunday September 30, 2012 2:00AM ; Updated: Sunday September 30, 2012 2:00AM

Henry, Cooper lead Red Bulls past Toronto FC

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Thierry Henry returned from a one-game suspension to score a goal with three assists.
Thierry Henry returned from a one-game suspension to score a goal with three assists.
Mike Stobe/Getty Images

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Kenny Cooper broke out of a bit of a scoring drought, scoring his first two goals since Aug. 19, but the New York Red Bulls striker didn't want to talk about himself. The attention belonged to talented teammate Thierry Henry.

Henry scored a goal and set up three others to lead the Red Bulls to a 4-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night, solidifying their chances to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Markus Holgersson also scored for the Red Bulls (15-8-8), who pulled even with Chicago for second place in the East - five points behind Sporting Kansas City - and improved to 11-1-3 at home.

Henry now has 12 assists for the season, and he became the first player in franchise history to get three in a match since Andy Williams did it on June 5, 2002, for the MetroStars against Los Angeles.

Columbus 3, Philadelphia 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Milovan Mirosevic scored the tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute to lift the Columbus Crew to a victory over Philadelphia, eliminating the Union from playoff contention.

Jairo Arrieta scored twice for the Crew (14-11-6).

Danny Cruz scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute and Jack McInerney tied it in the 86th for the Union (8-15-6), just before the Crew went back ahead.

Arrieta put Columbus ahead in the 44th minute off a service from the right side by Sebastian Miranda.

He added the second in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time following a goal kick by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, who had his first career assist.

Houston 2, New England 0

HOUSTON -- Ricardo Clark and Oscar Boniek Garcia scored in the second half to lead the Houston Dynamo to a win over the New England Revolution.

Houston (13-8-10) remained one point ahead of Columbus for the fifth and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Houston extended its home unbeaten streak to 23 games, with the last home loss coming June 18, 2011, against the Crew.

New England (7-16-8) is winless in its last three games.

Vancouver 0, Seattle 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Michael Gspurning made three saves for his sixth shutout of the season as the Seattle Sounders played to a draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps, clinching a Western Conference playoff berth.

The Sounders (13-7-10) are assured of finishing no worse than fourth in West.

Vancouver (10-12-9) extended its winless streak to seven games (0-5-2), but gained a valuable point as it tries to hold on to the conference's fifth and final playoff spot.

Gspurning got the shutout only after Camilo missed a chance from close range in the game's final seconds. Gspurning also stopped Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit in stoppage time.

Vancouver's Brad Knighton had three saves for his first shutout of the season.

San Jose 3, FC Dallas 3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Steven Lenhart scored two goals, including the tying score in second-half stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied for a draw with FC Dallas.

Lenhart headed home a ball flicked on by Alan Gordon, from a cross by Justin Morrow, five minutes into stoppage time to keep San Jose's unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium intact.

Alan Gordon also scored for San Jose (18-6-7), which inched to three points ahead of Sporting Kansas City in the Supporters' Shield standings.

Blas Perez scored in the 37th and 72nd minutes for FC Dallas (9-12-10), and Matt Hedges added one in the 88th minute. Dallas lost an opportunity to tie Vancouver for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, remaining two points back with three matches remaining.

Real Salt Lake 4, Chivas USA 0

CARSON, Calif. -- Alvaro Saborio scored three goals as Real Salt Lake moved into second place in the Western Conference with a win against Chivas USA.

Paulo Jr. also scored for Salt Lake (16-11-4), which took over sole possession of second in the West.

Chivas (7-16-7) remained last in the West after losing their sixth consecutive match and saw their scoreless streak reach a season-high 442 minutes.

Saborio scored two early goals to help give Salt Lake a 2-0 lead after 12 minutes. He completed his hat trick in the 65th minute when he hit the underside of the crossbar and saw the ball bounce over the goal line in the 65th minute.

Portland 1, D.C. United 1

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bright Dike scored in the 79th minute to lift the Portland Timbers to a draw with D.C. United.

Dike scored on a second chance after Steven Smith's shot was deflected, helping the Timbers (7-15-9), eighth in the Western Conference, avoid elimination from the postseason race.

Chris Pontius scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute to give United (15-10-6) the lead. D.C. snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint