Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry scored in injury time as the New York Red Bulls defeated FC Dallas 2-0 in their Major League Soccer wild-card playoff game last night to book a meeting with David Beckham's L.A Galaxy.
Estonian midfielder Joel Lindpere had put New York ahead in the 61st minute with a close-range finish after smart work from Moroccan substitute Mehdi Ballouchy.
Dallas, last year's beaten MLS Cup finalists, rarely threatened Red Bulls' German keeper Frank Rost in what was a disappointing performance with their highly-rated winger Brek Shea largely ineffective.
New York were reduced to ten men in the 79th minute when Norwegian Jan Gunnar Solli was sent off for a tackle from behind on Daniel Hernandez.
But Red Bulls kept it tight and in the ninth minute of injury time, Henry broke away and although his shot was parried out by Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman, the former France and Barcelona striker tapped the loose ball home.
The Red Bulls will now face the Galaxy, who finished the regular season with the best record, on Sunday at Red Bull Arena.
The second wild-card game features Colorado against Columbus today, while the conference playoffs start on Saturday with Real Salt Lake hosting the Seattle Sounders.