Kenny Cooper's strike gives N.Y. a tie
HARRISON, N.J. -- Kenny Cooper scored in the 56th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
Former Red Bulls star Juan Pablo Angel got his second goal of the season in the 47th minute to put Chivas USA (4-6-2) ahead. Angel, who holds New York's all-time goal-scoring record (58), was playing against his former team for the first time.
"The reception was great," said Angel. "It was all I could ask for. It couldn't be better. I came back and I have so much respect for these people and this organization. Scoring a goal made it a great night."
He converted a pass from from Raushawn McKenzie with a scissors kick on a play that started with a corner. Angel collected the ball in traffic and knocked it past Red Bulls rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara.
The Red Bulls tied it when Dane Richards found Cooper streaking on the left side and hit him in stride with a crossing pass that Cooper buried for his 11th goal of the season, tying Chris Wondolowski of San Jose for the MLS lead. Eastern Conference-leading New York (8-3-2). extended its unbeaten streak to 5-0-1 and improved to 4-0-2 at home.
Angel almost got Chivas USA on the scoreboard in the 24th minute with a left-footed blast that Meara stopped with a diving save.
In the 28th minute, New York's Thierry Henry, returning to action after missing four games due to a strained hamstring, twisted awkwardly while attempting a shot. He went down for a second and caused a hush over Red Bull Arena with fears he had re-injured himself. But Henry slowly got up, pulled up the brace covering his right hamstring and continued on.
Three minutes later, Henry had a great chance, but slid the shot wide left of Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
In the 38th minute, Red Bulls defender Roy Miller had the best scoring opportunity, moving up the left flank unguarded. Miller eventually took a right-footed shot that just missed wide right of the goal.
After Angel scored, the Red Bulls continued to have the better chances. In the 51st minute, Richards made a nice run up the right side and made a precise crossing pass to Henry, whose header was slapped away by Kennedy.
Three minutes later, Henry had an open shot from 18 yards out, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
In the 87th minute, Cooper worked a great give-and-go with Joel Lindpere, but Kennedy made a sliding save to keep the match tied.
Earthquakes 3, Galaxy 2
CARSON, Calif. -- Alan Gordon scored in stoppage time as San Jose rallied from a late two-goal deficit.
The Earthquakes went into the 74th minute down 2-0, but Steven Lenhart scored off a corner kick and Khari Stephenson converted a penalty kick to tie the score. Just seconds before time expired, Gordon finished a bouncing cross for the winning goal.
Fire 2, FC Dallas 1
The Fire (5-3-3) won for the third time in five matches to remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Defender Matt Hedges scored in the 41st minute to put FC Dallas (3-7-4) on the board first. Dallas extended its winless streak to eight matches (0-5-3) and remained winless on the road (0-5-1).
Crew 2, Sounders 0
Meram headed a left-footed cross from Dilly Duka for his third goal in the 15th minute. Renteria sealed the win for Columbus (4-4-3) with a 30-yard chip over Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith in the 76th minute for his first goal.
The Sounders (7-3-2) controlled play in the opening 20 minutes and final 10 of the first half, spending the majority of the half in Crew territory. Seattle got off 10 shots and six corner kicks in the first half, but converted none.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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