Red Bulls hold on to beat Galaxy

Updated: May 6, 2012, 1:55 AM ET
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CARSON, Calif. -- With Thierry Henry resting at home, the New York Red Bulls showed they can overcome the absence of their top player.

Joel Lindpere scored to help the Red Bulls win their first game since scoring star Henry was injured, 1-0 over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.

The marquee matchup between Major League Soccer's highest-profile teams missed some of its usual luster without Henry, the French player expected to be sidelined up to one month because of a strained hamstring

Still, New York was able to piece together a morale-boosting win over its West Coast rival.

"It's definitely big. It's good for the team spirit," said defender Markus Holgersson, wearing the captain's band in place of Henry. "We're fighting for each other."

Henry had been enjoying a sensational season when he was injured in a 1-0 win over New England on April 28. He has nine goals this season.

Lindpere scored in the 19th minute and the Red Bulls held on to beat the Los Angeles squad that knocked them out of playoffs last season en route to the title.

"We always create chances," Holgersson said. "And when we defend like this, we are a strong team."

New York improved to 5-3-1, while Los Angeles dropped to 3-5-1 with a second consecutive loss.

The Galaxy were again plagued by an inability to score, succumbing to a second straight shutout loss in what has been a disappointing start to the season. They lost 2-0 to Seattle on Wednesday night.

"We keep saying we're not worried about it," Galaxy star David Beckham said. "But there's going to be a point where we need to be worried about it and we're close to that now."

Henry was one of six New York regulars to miss the match for various reasons. Fellow designated player Rafa Marquez was serving the final game of his three-game suspension for breaking San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas' collarbone three weeks ago.

Red Bulls coach Hans Backe is counting down the days until his squad returns to full strength.

"I think we can survive three, four games like this," he said. "We just have to focus on the defending game."

The only goal came courtesy of some spotty Galaxy defense.

Connor Lade started the sequence with a pass alongside the sideline to Jan Gunnar Solli. Solli dribbled into the box and placed a pass between two Los Angeles defenders. Lindpere had ample amount of room, using his left foot to beat a charging Bill Gaudette for his first goal of the campaign.

Gaudette was starting for the third straight game in place of Josh Saunders, who is away from the team dealing with a personal matter.

Play in the second half was dictated by the Galaxy, who despite having a number of opportunities failed to level the score. Juninho's rocket shot in the 81st minute from outside the box required a strong save by Ryan Meara. Landon Donovan later had a look from a few yards out, but his shot went directly at the goalkeeper.

Meara was credited with four saves in his second consecutive shutout effort.

"You can't take one play off with those guys because they'll punish you," Meara said.

The Galaxy looked to have broken through for the game's first goal in the 13th minute, only to be denied on a fine recovery by Holgersson. After Robbie Keane drew Meara off his line and sent a flick perfectly over his head, the bouncing ball appeared destined for the back of the net before Holgersson ran it down booted it away at the line.

It was the microcosm of another goal-less Galaxy performance.

"Our play is just not good enough, our passing was poor," Beckham said. "We battled for 90 minutes, that's the positive thing. We had our chances tonight, we didn't put them away. I don't think we deserved to win the game anyway. It's another tough one to take."

D.C. United 2, Toronto FC 0

TORONTO -- Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored second-half goals and D.C. United beat Toronto FC, relegating the Reds to the worst start in MLS history at 0-8-0.

Toronto broke the record of 0-7-0 by Kansas City in 1999. The league record for the longest losing streak is 12 by the New York-New Jersey MetroStars in 1999.

Pontius curled a left-footer past the diving Milos Kocic in the 55th minute, and Salihi scored in the 75th after Toronto failed to clear a corner kick. D.C. United improved to 5-3-3.

Toronto's lone victory this season came March 14 against Los Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League play. Overall in MLS, CONCACAF Champions League and Canadian Championship play, Toronto is 1-9-3.

Real Salt Lake 2, Revolution 1

SANDY, Utah -- Alvaro Saborio scored twice and Real Salt Lake ran its unbeaten streak against New England to five games.

Salt Lake improbed to 7-3-1, and New England dropped to 3-6-0.

Saborio broke a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute. Morales booted a free kick over a three-man defensive wall and sent a cross that Saborio headed into the net.

Blake Brettschneider scored for New England in the 22nd minute, and Saborio tied it in the 34th.

Impact 2, Sporting KC 0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Felipe Martins scored in the 30th minute, Patrice Bernier converted a penalty kick in the 63rd and expansion Montreal beat Sporting Kansas City.

Montreal (3-5-2) won consecutive games for the first time to extend its unbeaten streak to three. Donovan Ricketts made six saves, three in the first 27 minutes, for his second straight shutout.

Sporting (7-2-0) had its second straight shutout loss after a club-record 7-0 start and gave up more than one goal in a game for the first time this year. Kansas City hasn't scored in 205 minutes, since the 65th minute of a 3-1 win over Vancouver on April 18.

Bernier's 63rd-minute spot kick was set up when Aurelien Collin pulled down Lamar Neagle in the penalty area on a breakaway in the 62nd. Martins opened the scoring in the first half, taking a layoff pass from Justin Braun and driving a left-footed shot just inside the left post from 25 yards.

Whitecaps 2, Earthquakes 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Second-half substitute Eric Hassli scored in the final minute of added time to give Vancouver a comeback victory over San Jose.

After taking a pass from Davide Chiumiento, Hassli fired in a shot off goalkeeper Jon Busch's hand and inside the far post for his first MLS goal since August.

Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 11th goal for the Earthquakes in the 11th minute, and Gershon Koffie tied it for the Whitecaps in the 40th minute.

Vancouver improved to 5-2-3, handing league-leading San Jose (7-2-1) its first loss in eight games.

Sounders 1, Union 0

SEATTLE -- Mauro Rosales scored in the 63rd minute, and Bryan Meredith had a shutout in his first MLS start in Seattle's victory over Philadelphia.

The Sounders (6-1-1) have won four straight and are unbeaten in their last five (4-1-0) in the best start in the franchise's four-year history. Philadelphia (2-5-1) has lost two in a row.

Fredy Montero set up Rosales' first goal of the season with a pass through the penalty area toward the right side. Rosales ran onto it and beat goalkeeper Zac MacMath to the left corner from 10 yards.

The shutout was the Sounders' sixth in their last seven games.

Timbers 0, Crew 0

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins knocked Josh William's header over the bar in the 66th minute to keep Columbus at bay in a scoreless draw.

Both teams, struggling with injuries for the match, have just two wins apiece. The Timbers (2-5-2) are last in the Western Conference, while the Crew (2-4-2) are ninth, just ahead of winless Toronto, in the East.

Both of Portland's victories have come at Jeld-Wen Field, but Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum didn't let a shot through, making six saves. The Crew, playing in their 500th regular-season match, have been shutout four times this season, with six total goals and just one goal on the road.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.