Cahill on target again but NYRB held by Houston Dynamo in MLS playoffs
The Australian ace opened the scoring for the Red Bulls early in the match, and provided the second, but a second-half red card to Jamison Olave allowed the Houston Dynamo to force a 2-2 draw at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Former Everton star Cahill netted his 12th goal of the season - and his first post-season MLS tally - when he got on the end of a pinpoint Thierry Henry delivery from the left to head home from the edge of the six-yard box in the 22nd minute.
The Red Bulls went two ahead just after the half-hour mark when Cahill received a long ball from Dax McCarty in midfield, turned and threaded it in front of Eric Alexander, who advanced into the area before slotting home.
However, the Red Bulls two-goal was cut back early in the second half through Ricardo Clark before Olave was given his marching orders in the 65th minute allowing Omar Cummings to net an injury-time equaliser.
New York and Cahill will look to progress to the next phase of the 2013 MLS playoffs when they host the Dynamo in the return leg on Wednesday.
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