By Fred Kaweesi
Major League Soccer (MLS)
Houston 0 Red Bulls 3
FORMER Cranes captain Ibrahim Sekagya struck his first Major Soccer League goal in the 3-0 win over Houston and later declared that the New York Red Bulls could march on to win their first MLS title.
“We really have a good team with top players. It feels great and wonderful of course scoring my first in the league and I hope to continue doing well,” Sekagya told New Vision Sport yesterday in the aftermath of a game in which former Everton star Tim Cahill also scored the fastest goal in MLS history.
Cahill scored just after eight seconds before Sekagya extended the lead in the 65th minute.
After Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall batted away a ball, Peguy Luyindula headed it back into the box where Sekagya converted with a clinical header.
Second-half substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the third.
The Red Bulls (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference, one ahead of their rivals Sporting Kansas City and can capture their first-ever Supporters’ Shield, awarded to the team with the most regular season points, with a win on Sunday against the Chicago Fire.
The top five teams in each conference make the playoffs.
“We are already in the playoffs and simply waiting for the team we will play.”
Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has also been an integral figure in the Bulls’ campaign.
If Sekagya wins the Shields trophy this Sunday and MLS title after the play-offs he will augment his status as the best Ugandan footballer of all time (if he isn’t already) having previously helped Red Bull Salzburg to three Austria Bundesliga titles and two Cup titles.