It wasn’t pretty, in fact this game was down right ugly. But, the New York Red Bulls managed to squeeze out a point off a late equalizer by Bradley Wright-Phillips. The first tell tale sign of this games fate came in the 16th minute as Chicago Fire’s Matt Polster’s awkward clearance went right by goalkeeper Shawn Johnson and ended up in the back of the net. The Red Bulls however looked very much lost out there from that moment on.
Red Bulls Draw Fire 2-2
Playing with the intensity of a 5 vs. 5 scrimmage the Red Bulls sat back and invited pressure, leading to David Accam ripping a shot from outside the box to beat Luis Robles. Matt Polster was able to give the Fire the lead right before halftime slipping unmarked to the far post to put in a diving header. In a very much uneventful second half the Red Bulls were able to salvage a point on the road. Connor Lade whipped in a cross that BWP tapped in off the volley for his 12th goal of the year in the 90th minute.
The New York Red Bulls took a beating on the physical side of things and really had supporters holding their breath. First Red Bulls iron man Luis Robles appeared as if he was done for the night after an errant goal kick left him down in pain. Robles was able to continue and finish up the match for the Red Bulls. NYRB’s captain Dax McCarty however was not so lucky, leaving with a leg contusion in the 42nd minute. His status is unknown for the upcoming matches for New York
The Red Bulls return to action this Wednesday as they open their CONCACAF Champions League play against Antigua GFC at Red Bull Arena. NYRB return to MLS action next Saturday as they welcome Didier Drogba and Montreal Impact to Red Bull Arena for the first time this season.