Tim Cahill scores fastest goal in MLS history, Red Bulls win
HOUSTON (AP) Tim Cahill scored the fastest goal in MLS history, and the New York Red Bulls beat the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Sunday to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.
New York (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and has the best record in the league with one game remaining. Houston's five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.
Cahill put New York ahead 8 seconds into the game, getting a pass from Dax McCarty, heading it forward and sending a blast from outside the upper right box to inside the near post.
The previous fastest goal in MLS history was Dwayne De Rosario's score 11 seconds into a 2003 game.
New York extended the lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute. After Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall batted a ball away, Peguy Luyindula headed it back into the box and Ibrahim Sekagya converted another header for the goal.
Second-half substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips closed out the scoring in the 75th minute.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - The Galaxy clinched a playoff berth with a scoreless draw against the Earthquakes.
The Galaxy (15-11-7) are third in the Western Conference, two points behind Portland and one back of Real Salt Lake. They are at Seattle in their final regular-season game next Sunday night.
The Earthquakes (13-11-9) are sixth in the West, three points behind Seattle and Colorado. The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the Sounders have clinched a postseason berth.
Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez returned to the lineup for the Galaxy, who had one good scoring chance, with Marcelo Sarvas forcing a leaping stop from San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch after Robbie Rogers' cross caromed to him in the 83rd minute.
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