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Henry assists Wright-Phillips and Luyindula, Red Bulls take first leg 2-0 over United

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HARRISON, New Jersey — Bradley Wright-Phillips and Peguy Luyindula scored, and the New York Red Bulls beat D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in the first leg of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference semifinals.

Thierry Henry set up both goals with brilliant passes. The first was a no-look assist off his back heel to an unmarked Wright-Phillips, who punched it past goalkeeper Bill Hamid in the 40th minute.

PHOTO: New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates after scoring a goal against D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates after scoring a goal against D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Luyindula doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, gathering Henry's well-placed delivery from midfield and slotting the finish through Hamid's legs.

Hamid finished with five saves, but Luis Robles needed only two to hold United without an away goal.

The Red Bulls visit United for the second leg of the total-goals series next Saturday.

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