Desperate for a win and fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Red Bulls (7-6-15, 36 points) won their first match since July 6 with a 1-0 road win over FC Dallas (13-9-7, 46 points) at Pizza Hut Park.
Playing without four of their players, Luke Rogers game-winner came in the 36th minute of the first-half when he accepted a pass from Juan Agudelo and managed to beat Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. With the absence of the injured Thierry Henry and Roy Miller, the Red Bulls also had to overcome the one-game suspensions of Rafa Marquez and Jan Gunnar Solli.
As a team, the Red Bulls played some inspired defense and goalkeeper Frank Rost recorded his second shutout of the season as he registered three saves. As a result, Dallas appeared out of sync lost for the second consecutive week to an Eastern Conference foe.
On Saturday night, the Red Bulls played the first of their final seven games with a 1-4-9 road record. Being in a position where they cannot afford to lose or tie, the Red Bulls took advantage of a slumping FC Dallas team and managed to pick up their second road win of the season.
As a result of their road win, the Red Bulls have regained the last wild card spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs standings. After losing to the final spot to D.C. United and the Portland Timbers, the Red Bulls are currently tied on points with the Timbers in total points. However the Red Bulls currently hold the advantage due the teams better goal differential statistics.
The Red Bulls return to Red Bull Arena for a two-game homestand which may possibly determine their fate. Needing to win every match, the Red Bulls will host Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Following their match against Real Salt Lake, the Red Bulls will face the Portland Timbers on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Should the Timbers win at home against the San Jose Earthquakes on September 21, next Saturday's match may well be a Winner takes Control.
With six games remaining, will the Red Bulls sync or sink?
Other MLS Results from Saturday Night
Houston Dynamo won 2-1 (9-9-12) over the San Jose Earthquakes (6-11-11).
Seattle Sounders (14-6-9) won 3-0 over D.C. United (8-8-10).
Real Salt Lake (14-7-6) won 1-0 over Sporting Kansas City (10-9-10).
U.S. Women's National Team Result from Saturday
Playing in their first match since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup championship match, the U.S. Women’s National Team drew 1-1 with Canada in front of a boisterous crowd of 16,191 at the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
U.S. forward Abby Wambach successfully converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute of the first-half. Prior to the first-half concluding, Canadian forward Melissa Tancredi scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute of the first-half.
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