Red Bulls take first leg 2-0 over United
Nov. 03, 2014
HARRISON, New Jersey (AP) — English forward Bradley Wright-Phillips and Peguy Luyindula of France scored to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 2-0 win over D.C. United 0 on Sunday in the first leg of their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal.
Thierry Henry set up both goals with brilliant passes. The first was a no-look pass off his back heel to an unmarked Wright-Phillips, who pushed it past goalkeeper Bill Hamid in the 40th minute.
Luyindula doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, gathering Henry's well-placed delivery from midfield and slotting the finish through Hamid's legs.
The Red Bulls visit United for the second leg of the total-goals series next Saturday.
In the Western Conference, Osvaldo Alonso scored in the 54th minute to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in the first leg of their semifinal.
FC Dallas opened the scoring when Michel converted a penalty in the 34th minute. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei guessed the right way, but Michel kicked it into the right corner.
Seattle midfielder Marco Pappa of Guatemala conceded the penalty with a careless challenge on Andres Escobar.
Pappa redeemed himself with a free kick that set up Alonso's equalizer.
The Sounders host the second leg of the series on Nov. 10.