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Heath Pearce scores in 85th minute as Red Bulls salvage 1-1 draw with Whitecaps

VANCOUVER - Heath Pearce scored in the 85th minute as the New York Red Bulls salvaged a 1-1 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer action Wednesday.

Pearce emerged through a crowd to head in Joel Lindpere's cross past goalkeeper Joe Cannon, tying the game for the visitors.

Martin Bonjour's goal in the 75th minute gave the Whitecaps a late lead.

The ball was crossed by Davide Chiumiento from the right wing and after a friendly touch by Alain Rochat it found its way to Bonjour at the top of the box.

After a brief hesitation he belted a right-footed shot to the top right of the net.

Cannon made five saves for Vancouver (7-3-5), which remains unbeaten in five games (2-0-3) despite snapping a modest two-game winning streak.

New York (8-4-3) goalie Ryan Meara failed to stop the only shot on target by Vancouver.

The Red Bulls played without the services of designated players Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez, who also missed New York’s 3-1 loss to the Chicago Fire Sunday that snapped a six-game unbeaten streak.

The Whitecaps were without Darren Mattocks, who was suspended after receiving two yellow cards in Saturday's 1-0 win over Colorado.

Camilo Sanvezzo drew back into the starting lineup in his place and, though he had numerous scoring chances, failed to record a shot before being replaced by Eric Hassli in the 64th minute.

The first save of the game came when Dax McCarty headed a cross directly at Cannon in the eighth minute.

In the 14th minute Dane Richards drew a yellow card when he threw a forearm to the head of Gershon Koffie while jumping for a ball. With that caution Richards will be suspended from the Red Bulls' next game.

The game continued to be physical, resulting in Lindpere being shown a yellow card in the 20th minute for upending Koffie.

Koffie had Vancouver's first good scoring chance in the 28th minute. Chiumiento undressed McCarty with some nifty foot work before feeding a wide-open Koffie at the top of the box, but the Ghana native missed the net wide left.

Then, Camilo failed on two scoring chances. In the 32nd minute Camilo missed wide left as well from almost the exact same spot. Six minutes later Camilo was sent in by Chiumiento down the left side and had Meara scrambling on the turf, but the 24-year-old Brazillian hit the side of the net, keeping the game scoreless.

Camilo continued to get himself open looks in the second half, including a 57th-minute shot that he rushed and didn't get much on after Sebastien Le Toux created space for him on a two-on-two rush.

New York got a free kick from just outside the box but Kenny Cooper fired it well over the net, keeping the game scoreless through 64 minutes.

Le Toux continued to create opportunities for himself, cutting inside a defender and wiring a shot just wide of the post.

In the 70th minute New York's Richards found his way through the Vancouver defence and seemed to be in alone but Cannon came out to boot the ball out of harm's way.

The Red Bulls host D.C. United on Sunday while the Whitecaps head to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy on Saturday.

NOTES: Vancouver's Atiba Harris (knee) and Omar Salgado (foot) both sat out the game with injuries. . . New York's Mehdi Ballouchy did not travel with New York due to green card issues. . . New York head coach Hans Backe did not make the trip and was replaced by Jan Halvorsen on the sideline for the game.

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