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.