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By ESPN Staff

New York Red Bulls hold on to claim narrow win

The New York Red Bulls took over the lead in the MLS Eastern Conference with a 1-0 win at home to the Kansas City Wizards.

Dane Richards gave the home team the lead just six minutes in and, despite having to keep tight for 84 minutes, the Red Bulls were able to hold on and go a point clear thanks to a fine performance from goalkeeper goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.

"The chances we created were quality. We just didn't have the finishing touch," Kansas City Wizards manager Peter Vermes said. "(We had) 26 shots, 12 on goal - he (Coundoul) was the difference in the game for sure."

New York were able to take the lead in the table thanks to the Columbus Crew's failure to beat the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Crew had to make do with a point after a goalless draw with the resolute Californian visitors, a match with little action of note.

DC United left Colorado Rapids with a creditable 1-0 win under their belts following Daniel Allsopp's 45th-minute effort, while FC Dallas smashed the Chicago Fire 3-0 with goals by Milton Rodriguez, Marvin Chavez and substitute Jeff Cunningham.

Real Salt Lake inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the New England Revolution.

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