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NYRB hammer Toronto 5-0 as Chivas beat San Jose

Four MLS matches were played on Wednesday night with the highlight being New York Red Bulls' 5-0 hammering of Toronto FC.

The Red Bulls jumped back to the top of the Eastern Conference table with a commanding performance at Red Bull Arena.

Star striker Thierry Henry went to the head of the goalscoring leaders board when he scored his ninth of the season in the 33rd minute with an easy finish after controlling Jan Gunnar Solli's cross from the right.

Five minutes later and the home side were 2-0 ahead thanks to a superb volley from Luke Rodgers for his sixth of the season before Joel Lindpere got in on the act with his fourth goal in his last three games in the 52nd minute.

Then it was 4-0 in the 67th minute when substitute Juan Agudelo scored with an absolutely pinpoint header from a Lindpere cross before the youngster added his second, and the Red Bulls' fifth, when he slid home a low Lindpere cross in the final minute of the contest.

The goals would have pleased coach Hans Backe but what would be even more pleasing is that it was the first clean sheet New York had kept in 12 matches.

In other MLS matches yesterday, Sporting Kansas City's Graham Zusi scored just after the hour-mark to cancel out Conor Casey's brilliant opener, forcing a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.

In Vancouver, Columbus Crew's Jeff Cunningham scored his 133rd MLS goal to equal the record set by Jaime Moreno and what's more, it gave his side the win as it was in the final minute against a ten-man Whitecaps outfit who had Shea Salinas sent off in the 78th minute.

And to wrap up proceedings on Wednesday, Chivas USA defeated San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Ben Zemanski and Nick LaBrocca, who scored for the second match in a row.

New York Red Bulls: 5 (Thierry Henry 33', Luke Rodgers 38', Joel Lindpere 52', Juan Agudelo 67'/89') Toronto FC: 0 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ - 15,269

Sporting Kansas City: 1 (Graham Zusi 62') Colorado Rapids: 1 (Conor Casey 32') LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS - 15,209

Vancouver Whitecaps: 0 (red card: Shea Salinas 78') Columbus Crew: 1 (Jeff Cunningham 90') Empire Field, Vancouver, BC - 19,079

Chivas USA: 2 (Ben Zemanski 64', Nick LaBrocca 84') San Jose Earthquakes: 0 The Home Depot Centre, Carson, CA - 9,425

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Andrew Slevison
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