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FOXBOROOUGH, Massachusetts (AP) - Midfielder Eric Alexander scored his first goal of the season and the New York Red Bulls earned a rare 2-0 victory at the New England Revolution on Sunday in their final matches before Major League Soccer’s two-week World Cup break.
The Red Bulls had not won at New England in 17 attempts, but that looked set to change after Alexander headed in a cross in the 17th minute from the left wing by Lloyd Sam after Revolution goalie Bobby Shuttleworth was knocked to the turf in the scramble.
Peguy Luyindula made sure of the drought-breaking win, scoring his third goal of the season in the 76th minute with a right-footed shot from atop the penalty box, spoiling New England’s season-best crowd of 23,950.
The Red Bulls improved to 18 points and sit in fifth place in the Eastern conference , while New England remained atop of the conference on 23 points despite falling to its second straight loss.
Erick Torres gave Chivas USA an early lead and Gyasi Zardes pulled the Los Angeles Galaxy even before halftime, as the Southern California rivals played out a 1-1 draw.
Torres scored his ninth goal of the season in the 20th minute, finishing a defense-splitting pass from Leandro Barrera, as Chivas took its first lead in the SuperClasico series since May 2012, its last victory, a span of six matches.
The goal was his 16th since he joined Chivas last July, giving him a share of the MLS record for Mexican-born players with former Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
The Galaxy nearly drew level seven minutes later, but Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy pushed Landon Donovan’s chip off the right post, then leaped across his goalmouth to snag Marcelo Sarvas’ header on the rebound.
Zardes scored in the 35th minute, jumping above two defenders to head home a chip from Sarvas.
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