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New York Red Bulls 2-0 Toronto FC: Home side takes over first in East

Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola scored to give the Red Bulls a three-point lead atop the Eastern Conference.

By Thomas Floyd

Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls, MLS
Steve Dykes
Thierry Henry opened the scoring, Fabian Espindola capped it, and the New York Red Bulls moved to alone atop the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday.

Although the Red Bulls have two games in hand on Montreal and one game in hand on Kansas City, they for now have a three-point lead over those conference foes. It was the third straight win for New York, while Toronto is winless in seven.

New York struck first in the 32nd minute. Making his first start, rookie Michael Bustamante found himself with time to pick out Dax McCarty in the box, and the midfielder hit a low pass across the goalmouth that Henry buried at the back post.

After searching for an insurance goal throughout the second half, the Red Bulls got it in the 80th minute. After Toronto defender Steven Caldwell cleared a cross, Espindola from a tight angle floated a header back into the mix that somehow nestled into the far side netting.

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New York Red Bulls

32
L. Robles
Goalkeeper
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4
Jamison Olave
Defender
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-
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12
David Carney
Defender
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27
Kosuke Kimura
Defender
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12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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22
Jonathan Steele
Midfielder
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23
Michael Bustamante
Midfielder
44′ 90′
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14
Thierry Henry
Striker
32′
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99
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Toronto FC

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12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
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5
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6
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13
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25
Jeremy Hall
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28
Mark Bloom
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21
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23
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15
Bobby Convey
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17
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32

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20
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32
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13
Marius Obekop
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Tim Cahill
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9
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8
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Substitutes

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24
Stefan Frei
Goalkeeper
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-
Jonas Elmer
Defender
53′
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8
Kyle Bekker
Midfielder
88′
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20
Darel Russell
Midfielder
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-
Michael Thomas
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19
Reginald Lambe
Midfielder
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7

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