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By ESPN Staff

Cahill goal helps New York regain MLS lead

Socceroo Tim Cahill has continued his good form for New York Red Bulls, a sharp 76th-minute equaliser helping his side secure a 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders, returning them to the top of the MLS standings.

Cahill scored his ninth goal of the season to lock up the match when he was left unchecked in the penalty area, the midfielder cracking a diagonal shot from about 16 yards after sustained pressure from the visitors.

Despite largely playing from the midfield Cahill is equal top scorer for New York alongside former French international striker Thierry Henry.

The 32 year-old's solid form is sure to come as welcome news to Socceroos coach Holger Osieck, with Cahill named in a squad for next month's friendlies against France and Canada.

The Australians had been stung badly in a last up start against Brazil, the visitors looking decidedly second rate in an embarrassing 6-0 loss.

Cahill, absent through injury for that match, rejoins the squad alongside Luke Wilkshire.

The Red Bulls now lead the eastern conference with 52 points, one clear of the Sounders, who share the Western Conference lead with Real Salt Lake.

Brad Evans had opened the scoring with a penalty for the Sounders just before half time.

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