MLS WRAP - Week 16: Dallas continue winning form as NYRB held at San Jose
Six matches were played on the weekend with a couple more scheduled for early this week but there was plenty of action in Major League Soccer as always.
FC Dallas won their fourth match in their past five with a 2-0 home result over ten-man Columbus Crew to put them within a point of Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy and allowing them to be the first team to 10 victories for the season.
Joel Lindpere put the Red Bulls ahead in the 7th minute when Roy Miller's dangerous ball from the left was met by the Estonian midfielder whose initial touch bobbled off two Quakes defenders and back into his path for an easy finish past John Busch.
San Jose managed to level when Khari Stephenson struck home from right near the penalty spot after New York keeper Bouna Coundoul fumbled a straight-forward corner in the 37th minute before the home side went 2-1 up with just over 20 minutes remaining thanks to a superb Steven Lenhart header from a pinpoint Steven Beitashour cross.
With five minutes remaining, Lindpere grabbed a lever for the Red Bulls with a deflected strike from the edge of the area before Quakes defender Bobby Burling received his marching orders for picking up a second yellow in the final minute.
The draw kept New York second on the Eastern Conference table whilst San Jose remained sixth in the West.
In other MLS matches, Philadelphia Union held DC United to a 2-2 draw in Washington, Chivas USA and Chicago Fire drew 1-1 in Los Angeles, Sporting Kansas City grabbed a 2-1 at Portland Timbers as Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo played out a scoreless draw.
2011 MLS season - Week 16 scores