Rafael Marquez, left, of the New York Red Bulls battles for the ball with Nat Borchers of Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena on October 9, 2010 in Harrison, New Jersey. The Red Bulls tied Real Salt Lake 0-0. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) – Real Salt Lake tied Red Bull New York, 0-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena to extend its unbeaten streak to 12 games in Major League Soccer.
Real Salt Lake hit the post twice in the first half as it tried to pull within two points of the Los Angeles Galaxy for the top overall record in the Western Conference and MLS, but is now four points back with two games to play.
RSL (14-4-10) goalkeeper Nick Rimando made just one save for his 13th shutout, which leads MLS. Real, which has lost just once in its last 23 games, finishes the regular season with games against FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids.
New York (14-8-6), which passed the Columbus Crew to take over first place in the Eastern Conference standings last weekend, extended its lead to two points with the draw. Columbus lost to the Chicago Fire, 2-0, on Friday night.
New York had the first scoring chance inside five minutes, but Mehdi Ballouchy couldn’t sneak a 16-yard half-volley past Nick Rimando to the bottom left.
Real followed with the first of two shots off the post in the opening half, as Andy Williams made a nice turn in the area to open space but drilled the right upright in the ninth.
Rafael Marquez whistled a shot just by the left post from 35 yards in the 22nd and RSL found the post again three minutes later, as New York survived another scare. Robbie Russell was denied by the left post off a shot from outside the area that like Williams’ shot, easily had N.Y. goalie Greg Sutton beat.
Juan Pablo Angel turned a header over the bar in the 69th on the first scoring chance for either side after half, then Real’s Paulo Araujo Jr. slipped a shot between two defenders but Sutton was in position to make an easy save.
Sutton made another save eight minutes from time when he crashed into his left post to knock down a free kick from Javier Morales, and a cross back into the area was cleared by the Red Bulls.
Angel had one more look with three minutes remaining, but fired wide right off a shot from the left side.
Sutton, starting with Bouna Coundoul away on international duty, finished with two saves for his second shutout in only three starts this season.
Real Salt Lake visits FC Dallas on Oct. 16, when New York visits Philadelphia with a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference regular-season title. Both RSL and New York previously clinched playoff berths.
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Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Two of Major League Soccer's elite teams - Real Salt Lake and Red Bull New York - square off for an inter-conference battle at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams have clinched spots in the upcoming MLS Cup playoffs, and are jockeying for position with three games remaining in their respective regular seasons.
RSL (14-4-9) is coming off a 2-1 win at New England last Saturday that temporarily had it in first in the league's overall table before the Los Angeles Galaxy pulled ahead by two points with a win vs. Chivas USA a day later.
Now RSL, which has just one loss in its last 22 league fixtures, will have to find a way to shut down a high-powered New York lineup, even though it will be without Rafa Marquez and Dane Richards because of international duty.
"We've taken a lot of pride and done a lot of talking about how good we are defensively," RSL coach Jason Kreis told mlssoccer.com. "We're going to be tested severely on Saturday."
"Thierry Henry just with his intelligence in the offensive third is the largest reason why they are creating so many chances," Kreis said. "They may not all be coming to him, but I think he's doing an excellent job of providing the players around him with opportunities.
"Angel is Angel, and I think he's just fantastic, and has been every year he's been [in MLS]. It's remarkable how many goals he's scored, especially when you consider the fact that a lot of the goals that were scored have been on a bad team."
New York (14-8-5) currently holds the top spot in the Eastern table, one up on Columbus, so finding a way to get a positive result vs. an RSL team that has been virtually unbeatable over the last five months will be important if it wants to hang onto its slim advantage on the Crew.
On top of Marquez and Richards, New York's starting goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul and reserve defender Andrew Boyens will be unavailable because of international duty. Midfielders Luke Sassano, Brian Nielsen and Irving Garcia are also out with injuries, while defender Carey Talley is questionable with a hamstring strain.
RSL will be without defender Chris Schuler because of a broken foot, while defender Chris Wingert, midfielders Jean Alexandre, Nelson Gonzalez and Javier Morales, and forward Alvaro Saborio are expected to be available with knocks.