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Red Bulls blank Revs, 1-0

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Red Bulls blank Revs, 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Thierry Henry scored his league-leading ninth goal in the seventh minute, and then went down with a right hamstring injury 15 minutes later, leading the New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

"His injury is disastrous for us," said Backe, who estimated that Henry will miss the next month. "His leadership in every single training session is invaluable. It's a huge loss for us, both on and off the pitch. It's going to be difficult now without him."

The Red Bulls (4-3-1) remained unbeaten at home (3-0-1) and temporarily move past D.C. United for second place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara made five saves in recording his first MLS shutout, including a diving stop on Lee Nguyen's blast in added time to preserve the shutout.

"We all really battled, each and every one of us," Meara said. "It was a full team performance and we deserved to win this one. Even though we're a little banged up, we all had faith and believed. No matter who's on the field, we feel confident we could win."

New England (2-5) was shut out for the fourth time in seven matches and has scored only five goals all season.

Henry, who declined to speak to the media after the game, made a brilliant move to score. He took a throw-in from rookie Connor Lade and maneuvered past Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy to get to the ball. Henry then flicked a right-footed shot over New England goalkeeper Matt Reis, who came far out of the box to try to stop Henry.

The goal put Henry ahead of San Jose's Chris Wondolowski for the MLS lead, but it might be the last goal Henry scores for quite some time.

In the 22nd minute, Henry attempted to streak toward goal, but stopped short, then grabbed his right hamstring as he slid along the turf. He was in obvious pain, as he held his face and pounded the turf in disgust.

Henry was eventually helped off the field by two members of the Red Bulls medical staff. He was replaced in the lineup by midfielder Victor Palsson.

Henry rejoined his team on the sidelines for the second half, wearing his warm-ups.

The Red Bulls have been devastated by injuries already this season.

Forward Juan Agudelo is still out after undergoing knee surgery. Midfielder Teemo Tainio has a sprained knee. Defenders Stephen Keel (back), Roy Miller (knee) and Wilman Conde (groin) also did not play. It was also the second game of Rafa Marquez's three-game suspension.

Meara was outstanding in the first half, showing the fearless style that enabled him to secure the starting goalkeeper position out of training camp. Meara made a big save in the 20th minute off Saer Sene and deflected another attempt by Sene in the 31st minute, a shot that bounced off the right post.

In the second half, the rookie made a great save on Benny Feilhaber's header from directly in front of the goal in the 73rd minute and made another solid save on Feilhaber's rising blast in the closing minutes.

"Give the kid credit, he faked me out," Feilhaber said. "I heard him say something and he tricked me. I should have headed it past him. I should have done better. I'll have nightmares about that one for a while."

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Diego Fagundez scored two goals in the second half and the New England Revolution beat 10-man New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday.

New England (12-15-6) set a club record with 12 wins at home. NYC (16-9-8) had several possibilities to clinch a bye in the playoffs but needed at least a draw.

Fagundez opened the scoring in the 51st minute and made it 2-0 in the second minute of stoppage time with his sixth goal of the season. Andrew Farrell set up the first goal by dribbling into the area and finding Fagundez at the top of the box. It was his first goal since June 3. Fagundez's next goal was a tap-in after his breakaway shot was knocked back to him.

Khiry Shelton scored for NYC in the third minute of extra time by getting past the defense for a long ball and heading it in.

NYC's Jack Harrison was shown a straight red card in the 26th minute for a late challenge on Teal Bunbury. It was Harrison's first red card of his professional career and he'll miss the regular-season finale against Columbus Crew SC next weekend.

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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

COUVA, Trinidad — The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night — the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

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