Lloyd Sam and Tim Cahill scored to lead the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night in Harrison, N.J.
The Red Bulls (12-9-6) moved into a three-way tie with Montreal and Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference.
New York won despite playing without star forward Thierry Henry for the first 57 minutes as punishment for his blow-up at practice with head coach Mike Petke.
Bradley Wright-Phillips made his first MLS start in Henry’s place.
Nick DeLeon got his first goal of the season for United (3-18-5), tying the score in the 36th minute.
Cahill got the tiebreaker a minute later.
Impact 0, Union 0 — Troy Perkins made four saves to help Montreal earn a draw with host Philadelphia.
Zac MacMath needed to make only one save to pick up his 10th shutout of the season for the Union (10-8-9), who improved to 4-0-4 this season following losses.
The Impact (12-7-6) are unbeaten in their last three games.
Perkins frustrated the Union offense all night and made a diving stop on Philadelphia forward Jack McInerney in the 57th minute to earn his second consecutive shutout. McInerney, the Union’s leading scorer, has now gone 10 straight games without scoring.
Montreal forward Marco Di Vaio, the top scorer in MLS, had a goal disallowed in the 61st minute because he was called offside.
Sporting 2, Rapids 1 — Graham Zusi scored in the 88th minute to lift Kansas City past visiting Colorado. Benny Feilhaber also scored for Sporting (12-9-6), which broke a two-match shutout loss streak.
Feilhaber scored from 30 yards in the 33d minute to put Kansas City up, 1-0. After center forward Dom Dwyer — making his first league start — beat Colorado’s Hendry Thomas to a loose ball, Feilhaber’s right-footed shot curled inside the left post, breaking Sporting’s goalless streak at 213 minutes.
Edson Buddle, who entered the match as a substitute in the 70th, tied it seven minutes later for the Rapids (10-8-9).
Sounders 1, Crew 0 — Eddie Johnson scored in the 14th minute to lift Seattle past host Columbus despite playing down a man for 83 minutes.
Johnson gave Seattle (12-8-4) the lead on a header off a 35-yard free kick by Mauro Rosales for his seventh goal. Morales lofted a service to Johnson between two defenders in the middle of the box in a match delayed 94 minutes at the start because of inclement weather.
Galaxy 3, Earthquakes 0 — Robbie Keane had two goals and an assist and Landon Donovan also found the back of the net to power host Los Angeles past San Jose.