SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Joel Lindpere fired a close-range shot past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 56th minute Saturday, giving Red Bull New York a 1-0 MLS semifinal playoff win.
New York notched the victory in the first leg of the Eastern Conference despite being without the services of star striker Thierry Henry because of a knee injury.
The Earthquake nearly evened the score 7 minutes from time on an acrobatic overhead kick by Eduardo that hit the post.
The action now heads back to New York for the second leg on Thursday.
The Red Bulls will now take the lead back to New York for the second leg on Thursday.