Sporting Kansas City 2, Red Bulls 0

C.J. Sapong scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff

berth with a 2-0 victory on Saturday over the New York Red Bulls,

who lost forward Thierry Henry to a red card in the first half.

Teal Bunbury also scored for Kansas City (12-9-12), which moved

into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.

Both teams have 48 points with one game remaining.

New York (9-8-16), which has 43 points, had to play much of the

game a man down after Henry was sent off in the first half.

Henry, who came in with 14 goals – tying him for the league lead

– was given a red card in the 28th minute for kneeing Roger

Espinoza in the back as Espinoza sat on the field.

Henry will be suspended for the Red Bulls’ regular-season finale

against Philadelphia on Thursday.

Sapong entered in the 73rd minute and made it 2-0 in the 74th

with a half-volley off an assist from Matt Besler.

Bunbury, who shot wide right on two breakaways in the first

half, didn’t miss in the 57th minute.

After a corner kick in New York’s end, the ball bounced before

Kansas City’s Julio Cesar headed it to Bunbury for a volley into

the lower-left corner.