- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City beat its local rival New York for the first time on Sunday, with the 2-0 victory vaulting the newer club to the top of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.

Jack Harrison scored an early goal and set up David Villa for one in the second half.

NYC had lost its first four meetings with the Red Bull, including a 7-0 blowout in their previous matchup. But Harrison beat goalkeeper Luis Robles from the right in the 8th minute after Harrison went unmarked on a corner by Andrea Pirlo. Robles got a piece of the ball before it trickled into the net.

Harrison fed Villa in the 66th minute with a perfect cross from the right, and Villa made a brilliant finish with his right foot.

The Red Bulls finished the match with 10 men after Chris Duvall received a red card in the 79th minute.

In the day’s other game, Matt Besler scored in stoppage time to help Sporting Kansas City beat Columbus 3-2 and extended its unbeaten streak to four games.

Besler headed home the winner, off Ike Opara’s feed, for his first goal in five years.

Ola Kamara gave Columbus the lead in the 22nd minute but the Crew was reduced to ten men when Tyson Wahl received a red card in the 48th, and Benny Feilhaber’s penalty tied it about a minute later.

Graham Zusi’s first goal of the season put Sporting up 2-1 in the 56th minute, but Kamara raced behind the defense to side-net a long feed from Tony Tchani and equalized in the 75th. Kamara has seven goals in the past five matches.

Columbus has just one win in its past nine games.

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