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Late Drama For Red Bulls, Cooper Seals 3-2 Victory

Cooper Climbing The MLS Goalscoring Charts
Roy Miller #7 and Kenny Cooper #33 of the New York Red Bulls congratulate teammate Joel Lindpere #20 on a first half goal during the game against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on May 13, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Roy Miller #7 and Kenny Cooper #33 of the New York Red Bulls congratulate teammate Joel Lindpere #20 on a first half goal during the game against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on May 13, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

CHESTER, Pa. (WFAN/AP) — Kenny Cooper scored in the 78th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls past the Philadelphia Union 3-2 on Sunday.

Joel Lindpere and Markus Holgersson also scored for the Red Bulls (7-3-1), who won their fourth match in a row and moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with 22 points. Sporting Kansas City is one point behind New York.

Lionard Pajoy scored two goals as the Union (2-6-1) dropped their third straight despite scoring twice for the first time this season. They entered the match with only five goals, tied with Chivas USA for last in the league.

Philadelphia tied the match at 1 in the 31st minute on Pajoy’s first goal before midfielder Freddy Adu was ejected in the 44th for diving in the box — his second yellow card of the match.

Still, Pajoy put the short-handed Union ahead 2-1 in the 46th minute.

Holgersson tied it at 2 in the 68th on a header following a perfect corner kick from Brandon Barklage.

Cooper’s go-ahead goal was his ninth of the season, tying him with teammate Thierry Henry, who was out with a right hamstring strain.

He’s quickly climbing the MLS goalscoring leaderboard.  San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski leads the league with 11 goals.

The Union played without defender and captain Danny Califf, who has been battling a left hamstring strain.

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