New York RB vs. Chicago Fire  0 - 2

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Henry, Beckham regret slip-ups

7 October 2012 18:18

Thierry Henry says New York Red Bulls remain focused on contesting the MLS play-offs after their 2-0 loss at home to the Chicago Fire.

Frenchman Henry has scored 14 goals for the Red Bulls so far this season, but stressed their strong position in the league - fourth place with 53 points - is down to a team effort.

Red Bulls now have a two-week break before they take on league leaders Sporting Kansas City.

"We got what we deserved," he said.

"They (Chicago Fire) were the better team, more organised - they wanted it more.

"Having said that, we are still not out and it is going to be a fight, I think.

"Obviously some teams will drop points but the team on top at the moment (Sporting KC) deserves to be on top.

"I can sit here and say 'we should have been this, we should have been that' but they deserve to be where they are.

"They play better than us and they want it more. If we get to the play-offs we will hopefully play them again but we will have to see.

"It looks like it is going to be more difficult for us because everyone is trying to avoid the 'if' of getting to the play-off contest but we will have another go soon and see where we are."

Reigning champions LA Galaxy also dropped points, going down 2-1 at home to Real Salt Lake.

"We made sloppy mistakes during the game," Galaxy star David Beckham said.

"We played really well in the first half, it was just the mistakes - I think mistakes were the key thing.

"And we didn't put our chances away. Throughout the team we had good chances and when you play against good teams like Salt Lake you have to put those chances away.

"I'm not perfect yet but I am getting there. Getting 90 (minutes) in today was important for myself, but I'm not perfect yet. And we were all disappointed."

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MLS wrap: Fire edge New York

7 October 2012 06:12

Chicago Fire have moved up to second in the Eastern Conference of MLS with a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

After a goalless first half Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when he fired home after dribbling past two Red Bull defenders.

MacDonald doubled the visitors' advantage with another well-taken finish after a fine pass from Daniel Paladini.

New York enjoyed most of the possession, but failed to convert that dominance into shots with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson only called on to make one save throughout the match.

The result leaves the Red Bulls down in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with DC United moving up to third thanks to a 1-0 win at Toronto.

The match looked headed for a draw until Albanian substitute Hamdi Salihi bobbed up with the winner in the 88th minute.

The San Jose Earthquakes maintained their 12-point lead at the top of the Western Conference with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

After Marvin Chavez opened the scoring in the second minute, Chris Wondolowski added a second nine minutes later.

Wondolowski scored his second shortly after the break before completing his hat-trick in the 83rd minute.

The only downside for the Earthquakes was the late red card to defender Jason Hernandez, which resulted in a penalty that Andre Akpan converted.

Real Salt Lake recorded their third straight win as Fabian Espindola netted a brace in their 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Espindola struck twice in three minutes after Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the 17th minute at The Home Depot Center.

In other results, the Philadelphia Union edged New England 1-0 thanks to Jack McInerney's 73rd-minute strike, while the Houston Dynamo and Montreal Impact played out a 1-1 draw.

MLS table

# Team MP D P
3 33 +9 49
4 33 +9 49
5 33 +3 47
6 33 +1 42
7 33 -9 41

MLS table

# Team MP D P
6 33 +1 42
7 33 -9 41
8 33 -18 39
9 33 -11 33
10 33 -20 27