Red Bulls beat Galaxy 2-0 to boost playoff hopes

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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry scored to lift the New York Red Bulls over the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 Tuesday night and into a tie for 10th place in Major League Soccer — the final berth in the playoffs.

While David Beckham started for Los Angeles, the Galaxy was missing U.S. national team star Landon Donovan, sidelined by a strained right quadriceps.

New York went ahead when Rodgers scored in the 32nd minute after Joel Lindpere’s corner kick went to Jan Gunnar Solli, who outjumped defender Frankie Hejduk. Solli’s header went off the gloves of goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, and Rodgers scored as defender Stephen Keel blocked the keeper’s view.