Red Bulls edge Crew 2-1, ex­tend lead in Eastern Con­fer­ence

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Bradley WrightPhillips scored to com­plete a first half come­back and the New York Red Bulls held on to beat the Colum­bus Crew 2-1 in Ma­jor League Soc­cer on Satur­day to ex­tend its lead at the top of the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

The play­off-bound Red Bulls have a three-point lead over D.C. United in the Eastern Con­fer­ence with four games to play.

Crew goal­keeper Steve Clark tried to kick the ball to Har­ri­son Af­ful, but it was in­ter­cepted by a charg­ing Con­nor Lade. Lade then crossed the ball to Wright-Phillips, who scored off a header in the 21st minute for his 15th goal of the sea­son.

The Crew’s Justin Meram split five de­fend­ers, and floated his shot just off de­fender Damien Per­rinelle’s head and through goal­keeper Luis Robles’ hands in the eighth minute to give the Crew an early lead.

Lloyd Sam drew the Red Bulls level 3 min­utes later from an as­sist by Sacha Kl­jes­tan.

The Crew have lost con­sec­u­tive games and are four points be­hind New York.

Se­bas­tian Giovinco and Jozy Alti­dore scored and Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 to close in on the first play­off berth in its history.

Giovinco con­verted a 28th min- ute free kick from the edge of the penalty box when his shot de­flected off Ray­mon Gad­dis in the wall and looped high into the far cor­ner of the goal. Giovinco has 21 goals this sea­son.

Alti­dore scored in the 63rd, fight­ing off a de­fender to tap the ball in for his 12th of the sea­son.

Seb Hines scored on a volley in the 80th minute and Or­lando City avoided elim­i­na­tion from the play­off race with a 2-1 vic­tory over the Mon­treal Im­pact.

Or­lando City en­tered the game in sev­enth place, need­ing at least a draw to re­main in the Eastern Con­fer­ence play­off race. It won its fourth straight and has two games re­main­ing in the sea­son.

Mon­treal would have clinched a play­off berth with a win, but re­tained its hold of sixth place and the fi­nal play­off po­si­tion with four games to go.

Cyle Larin opened the scor­ing for Or­lando in the 33rd minute, be­fore Do­minic Oduro equal­ized in the 43rd minute with a loose-ball fin­ish.

David Ac­cam and Harry Shipp scored 8 min­utes apart in Chicago’s three-goal sec­ond half and the Fire beat New Eng­land 3-1 to deny the Revo­lu­tion a chance to clinch a play­off.

New Eng­land took a 1-0 lead in the first half when Chris Tier­ney fired a beau­ti­ful cross from just in­side the side­line to the right of Chicago keeper Jon Busch, find­ing Juan Agudelo in front of the goal mouth in the 31st minute.

Ac­cam found open space in the penalty area and fired a right-footed shot past New Eng­land keeper Bobby Shut­tle­worth to even the score in the 51st minute, and Shipp slot­ted home the win­ning goal eight min­utes later, thread­ing a shot be­tween Shut­tle­worth’s legs.

The Van­cou­ver White­caps had a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earth­quakes to move within a point of Western Con­fer­ence Lead­ers L.A. Gal­axy.

Cris­tian Techera opened the scor­ing in the 39th minute with a shot from the mid­dle of the box that de­flected off de­fender Shaun Fran­cis’ foot and looped over goal­keeper David Bing­ham.

Chris Won­dolowski scored the equal­izer in the 62nd minute, knock­ing in the re­bound af­ter Van­cou­ver goal­keeper David Ousted saved Cordell Cato’s nar­row-an­gle shot.

Also Satur­day, a late goal by Krisz­tian Nemeth gave Sport­ing Kansas City a 1-0 win over the Port­land Tim­bers.

AP

Sport­ing KC midfielder Benny Feil­haber, left, and Port­land Tim­bers for­ward Fa­nendo Adi bat­tle for ball dur­ing the sec­ond half of an MLS soc­cer match in Port­land, Ore­gon, Satur­day, Oct. 3.

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