Red Bulls-FC Dallas Final Score: New York Advances With 2-0 Win Over Dallas

The New York Red Bulls survive their single-elimination wild card match with a 2-0 win over FC Dallas to advance in the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.

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Red Bulls-FC Dallas Final Score: New York Advances With 2-0 Win Over Dallas

The New York Red Bulls came into the Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, at a severe disadvantage after striker Luke Rodgers was benched due to an injured knee.

Turns out they didn’t even need him.

That’s because the Red Bulls were able to defeat FC Dallas in Wednesday night’s single-elimination wild card match by a score of 2-0 to advance to the next round in 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Joel Lindpere broke a 0-0 tie in the 61st minute to put New York up by one before Thierry Henry sealed his opponent’s fate just minutes before the final whistle.

But the victory didn't come without its share of close calls.

Jan Gunnar Solli put the Red Bulls at a distinct disadvantage following his sliding takedown on Daniel Hernandez. Referee Ricardo Salazar wasted little time saluting the red flag and telling the fullback to hit the showers.

In the end, it didn’t affect the outcome, but it will have Solli riding the pine for the Red Bulls' next game after garnering the Norwegian an automatic one-game suspension for the infraction.

How his absence will impact the Red Bulls, who move on to face the LA Galaxy on Sunday in Carson, Calif., remains to be seen.

One thing is for certain, this no longer looks like the same New York team that came limping into the playoffs after an underwhelming regular season.

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Red Bulls-FC Dallas Halftime Score: New York And Dallas Tied 0-0

We’re halfway through the single-elimination wild card match between the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas, who opened the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs tonight (Oct. 26, 2011) at the Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

Both teams are locked in a 0-0 stalemate.

The Red Bulls, who lost striker Luke Rodgers due to a bum knee, aren’t any closer to advancing to the next round — but then again neither is FC Dallas.

The home team had 10 shots with four on goal compared to the visiting team’s seven shots with two on goal. Both teams were issued yellow cards but New York was also nailed for being offside twice throughout the first half.

The Red Bulls can’t sneak by with a draw like they did so often in the regular season and they need to replicate last September’s win over FC Dallas sooner rather than later. This one is for all the marbles.

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2011 MLS Playoffs: Luke Rodgers Out For Red Bulls-FC Dallas Match

The New York Red Bulls announced Tuesday that striker Luke Rodgers will not play Wednesday night when New York opens the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs in a single-elimination match on the road against FC Dallas (9 pm ET, FOX Soccer/TSN 2). Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia Union.

Red Bulls coach Hans Backe knows that the loss of Rodgers is a devastating blow to New York. “Unfortunately, we have a frightening record without Luke,” Backe said.

The Red Bulls went 0-2-4 when Rodgers missed six games earlier this season with plantar fascittis. They have gone 4-2-2 since the energetic Rodgers has returned to the lineup.

“He’s that very, very busy striker who can almost press the back four himself," Backe said. "His energy, work ethic, also the character he is. He’s quite a tough guy, goes into tackles at the level, scores goals. It’s a lot of energy.”

The Red Bulls are 1-0-1 in two meetings with FC Dallas this season.

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Red Bulls-FC Dallas Notes: Luke Rodgers Questionable With Knee Injury

The New York Red Bulls snuck into the playoffs with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union after a season that was filled with draws. Due to the way that the MLS playoffs are set up, they will be taking on FC Dallas in a Wild Card game with the winner facing the LA Galaxy. This is a similar to the 2008 season when they were shifted to the Westin the playoffs which saw them not only win the Western Conference finals but make their first MLS Cup appearance in team history.

The knock against the Red Bulls all season is that they were unable to get goal support and often had to settle for a draw. The FC Dallas team they face had a rough final 10 games going 3-6-1. The game will be played on Wednesday at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. The Red Bulls are rumored to be without star striker Luke Rodgers who has an injured knee. Rodgers was a bright spot this season when he did play scoring 9 goals in 23 appearances.

Thierry Henry came up short in his quest to win the league's Golden Boot award, scoring 14 goals this season. He got off to a slow start but settled in midway through the season and was often the sole goal scorer on Red Bulls roster.  

Dax McCarty will be making his return to Dallas as a member of the Red Bulls. Last year he was important to Dallas' success in the playoffs and was an integral part of the team's push to the MLS Cup, scoring the goal that pushed them past Real Salt Lake in the 3-2 aggregate. 

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