Sporting KC plays to scoreless tie vs. Red Bulls

BY foxsports • October 20, 2012

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- The Red Bulls played a 0-0 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for New York and the Supporters' Shield for San Jose as the team with the best record in Major League Soccer.

New York (15-9-9), which has never won an MLS title, clinched a spot in the 10-team playoffs as Columbus lost 3-2 at D.C. United.

San Jose earned homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Earthquakes also had the best record in 2005, when they were knocked out in the quarterfinals.

Kansas City (17-7-9) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games.

Before 25,219, a record crowd at 3-season-old Red Bull Arena, New York pressed the defensive-minded visitors.

KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who got his 15th shutout, made a diving save on Dax McCarty's 20-yard, left-footed shot in the 23rd minute, and Kenny Cooper sent the rebound over the crossbar.

Nielsen deflected Cooper's rising shot over the bar in the 41st minute, then raised a hand in the 65th

to knock down a 12-yard angled shot by Thierry Henry, then had to prevent an own goal when the ball bounced off a defender. Nielsen made a diving save on McCarty's 17-yard volley in the 88th.

New York's Luis Robles had stopped a header by Kei Kamara at the far post in the 86th minute.


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