FRISCO, Texas – Joel Lindpere scored in the 61st minute, and the New York Red Bulls withstood a late charge to hold off FC Dallas, 2-0, on Wednesday night in a Major League Soccer wild-card playoff match.
New York advanced to face the Los Angeles Galaxy in the semifinals. Game 1 of the two-game aggregate-goal series will be Sunday in Harrison, N.Y The second leg will be Nov. 2 in Carson, Calif.
“A solid game for us, definitely the key for us was our defense,” said New York coach Hans Backe.
Frank Rost made eight saves for the shutout, despite the team playing a man down after the 79th minute, when Solli Jan Gunnar was ejected with a red card.
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Thierry Henry scored in stoppage time just seconds before the final whistle.
Dallas lost in the MLS Cup final last season.
Lindpere connected in the 61st minute to put New York up 1-0. Seconds after Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman made a spectacular diving save on Lindpere’s blast from 25 yards out, Mehdi Ballouchy fed a pass from the right side of the penalty area into the middle, where the charging Lindpere slid feet-first to chip it past Hartman.
It was the second career MLS playoff goal for Lindpere, who had seven goals and seven assists during the regular season.
The match changed when Gunnar was shown the red card for his slide tackle that took out Dallas captain Daniel Hernandez.
Dallas continued to press for the equalizer, but Rost denied Jackson Goncalves’ 20-yard shot in the 85th minute, and then Maicon Santos’ blast from 25 yards out curled just wide of the right goal post.
New York 2, FC Dallas 0
Columbus at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Real Salt Lake, 7 p.m.
Houston at Philadelphia, 2 p.m.
Los Angeles at New York, noon
Date, site to be determined
Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus-Colorado winner