Nielsen, Collin lead Sporting KC past Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Jimmy Nielsen extended his scoreless streak to 519 minutes with his fifth straight shutout, and Aurelien Collin scored his first goal in nearly a year in Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night.
Thierry Henry had a great chance to break Nielsen's scoreless run in the 64th minute, but pushed his shot inches wide of the right post in front of a crowd of 12,338 at Red Bull Arena.
Collins scored on a header in the 13th minute off a corner kick. Seconds after goalkeeper Luis Robles tipped Seth Sinovic's shot over the goal, Graham Zusi took the corner kick and Colliin headed a shot that Robles could only get a hand on as it sailed inside the near post. The goal was the central defender's first since April 18, 2012, against Vancouver.
Four minutes later, the Red Bulls had a chance at the equalizer. Juninho lifted a restart into the box and Nielsen came off his line to punch it away. The ball bounced toward Henry, whose rebound attempt from close range was batted away by Nielsen.
In the 90th minute, the frustration spilled over for the Red Bulls when Juninho kicked a ball toward Nielsen's face during a break in play. Juninho received a red-card ejection for the unsportsmanlike conduct.
Kansas City improved to 4-1-2, and New York dropped to 2-4-2.