Harrison, NJ (Sports Network) - Red Bull New York managed to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Sporting Kansas City at Red Bull Arena.
The result sees New York (15-9-9) improve to 54 points on the season, but it was D.C. United's 3-2 defeat of the Columbus Crew on Saturday that solidified the Red Bulls' place in the postseason.
Kansas City (17-7-9) remains on top of the Eastern Conference on 60 points and will look to seal the top seed in the East with a result in its final match of the season.
New York dictated play for much of the opening period but finally began turning possession into clear scoring opportunities in the second-half.
The Red Bulls came within inches of getting in front in the 64th minute when Jimmy Nielsen produced a sprawling one-handed save off of a shot from Thierry Henry. Kenny Cooper collected the rebound and slid a ball across the face of goal that was nearly turned in by a Sporting defender, but it instead struck the face of Nielsen from point-blank range.
Luis Robles came up big at the other end for the New York, denying Kei Kamara's header five minutes from time with a quick reaction save. It was the only time the rookie 'keeper was called into action on the night.
Never a stranger to the big stage, David Beckham was finally overwhelmed and reduced to tears as he went out in a burst of fireworks and cheers Saturday in his final home game for Paris Saint-Germain before retirement.
RailHawks take out Galaxy 2-1 The Carolina RailHawks scored twice in the second half to upset the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS at WakeMed Soccer Park Tuesday in front of a sell-out crowd during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Shriver, RailHawks top Ft. Lauderdale, 3-1 Behind two Brian Shriver goals the Carolina RailHawks beat Ft. Lauderdale 3-1 Saturday and improved to 2-1-0 on the season. They currently sit atop the NASL standings with 7 points.
Back of the Net Soccer Show with Charlie Slagle 9/4/10 CASL CEO Charlie Slagle hosted Vice President for Sports Marketing for the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Scott Dupree, Jeff Witt from the "Magnificent Mile", Director of Coaching Development of the NSCAA, Jeff Tipping, and former US National Team star Claudio Reyna on 99.9FM The Fan ESPN Radio.