New York RB vs. Philadelphia Union  2 - 1


Cahill relieved as Red Bulls open account

31 March 2013 19:16

New York Red Bulls forward Tim Cahill says his team can 'just relax and play football' after claiming their first win of the MLS season.

The Red Bulls defeated Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Thierry Henry's 82nd-minute winner and Cahill argued it was no less than the team deserved after a frustrating start to the 2013 campaign.

Cahill, who played against doctors' order and was given the captain's armband, bemoaned his team's failure to keep a clean sheet for the fourth time from five matches this season but was otherwise thrilled to get off the mark, especially for head coach Mike Petke.

"I think for us, now we can just relax and play football," Cahill said.

"This is finally the win we needed and come next week, we are going to have a good week training.

"Bit disappointed with the way we conceded the goal but we can go into this week relaxed, there's no pressure.

"We played some great football in the first half, setting balls up, interlinking the play, going long, staying short.

"The game plan's working well but for the manager (Petke), we're so happy for him because he works night and day...out of everyone he deserves it and you can see his passion for it."

Petke, who claimed victory for the first time as New York's head coach, argued his team's performance against Philadelphia was far from the best of the season but claimed the Red Bulls deserved the three points.

"Compared to all the other games I wasn't happiest with the way we performed for large chunks of the game but we got the result, I'm very happy about that," Petke said.

"The guys worked for it and they earned it."


MLS wrap: Red Bulls earn first win, Montreal beaten

31 March 2013 05:17

New York Red Bulls picked up their first win of the MLS season with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

The Red Bulls went into the game on the back of two defeats and two draws but they picked up maximum points for the first time courtesy of goals from Dax McCarthy and Thierry Henry.

McCarthy opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half before Conor Casey restored parity for the visitors just eight minutes later.

Substitute Henry, who went wide with a spectacular bicycle kick in the 76th minute, re-asserted his side's dominance in the 81st minute, controlling a short cross from Peguy Luyindula and finishing his first goal of the season.

Leaders Montreal Impact dropped points for the first time in a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting made a bright start to the game as Claudio Bieler tucked his low shot inside the far post on eight minutes.

The match was put beyond doubt 10 minutes from time when Graham Zusi dinked his effort over Troy Perkins.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Houston Dynamo accounted for the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run at home to 30 games.

Will Bruin broke the deadlock in the 18th minute before Giles Barnes doubled the hosts' advantage, meaning Houston have not tasted defeat at BBVA Compass Stadium since a 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew in June 2011.

A goal from substitute Blas Perez in the dying minutes gave Dallas a 1-0 away win over New England Revolution, Jose Villareal's injury-time strike salvaged a 2-2 draw for Los Angeles Galaxy against Toronto FC, while the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Chivas USA defeated Vancouver Whitecaps for the first time in their short league history, winning 2-1 in California.

The visitors got off to a shocking start when Japanese midfielder Jun Davidson put through his own goal after 12 minutes.

Eric Avila made it 2-0 in the 55th minute before striker Kenny Miller pulled a goal back for the Whitecaps after 64 minutes.

MLS table

# Team MP D P
4 33 +30 54
5 33 +4 53
6 33 +5 47
7 33 -9 42
8 33 -5 39

MLS table

# Team MP D P
7 33 -9 42
8 33 -5 39
9 33 -2 39
10 33 -14 39
11 33 -28 32