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Recap: Red Bulls Fight to Finish with Draw in Chicago

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Garry Redman

Cory Burke's header in stoppage time salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire in a match the Red Bulls needed in this two-match road trip.

The Red Bulls hoped to bounce back after their recent 2-0 defeat to Club de Foot Montreal as they headed to Soldier Field for their second win of the 2023 MLS Regular Season. Although the Fire team has been facing their own struggles lately, they have remained unbeaten in seven consecutive home matches, which could pose a challenge for Struber's men.

Early in the match, the Red Bulls seemed to have a chance when Fire defender Carlos Teran attempted to clear the ball from the back. However, the ball deflected straight to Tom Barlow, who quickly took a shot. Unfortunately, goalkeeper Chris Brady was able to save it, preventing Barlow from scoring his second goal of the season and giving his team an early lead.

The Red Bulls missed many chances to score this season. And in the 21st minute, another mistake by Carlos Teran led to a break by Tom Barlow. He spotted an open Elias Manoel, who took the shot that rang off the crossbar.

While the Red Bulls were missing their chances, the Fire did not in the 33rd minute, Arnaud Souquet delivered a great cross in front of the net, where it met the head of Kei Kamara, and he did not miss to move his team into the lead.

As the first half ended, the home team felt optimistic about their chances, whereas the Red Bulls were disappointed by their inability to score goals yet again as they headed to the locker room.

During the game, with the Fire enjoying a one-goal lead, coach Ezra Hendrickson strategically positioned his players on the low block and challenged the Red Bulls to break through their defense. However, the Red Bulls struggled with aimless turnovers in the middle of the field, which prevented them from creating a successful attack.

However, this season, Chicago has been known to drop points when they had a lead, and tonight was no different. Just one minute into stoppage time, the Red Bulls struck. John Tolkin, who was mercilessly booed apparently for no particular reason, delivered an excellent cross from a corner kick, where it was deftly headed in the back of the net by Cory Burke, who beat his marker to level the match.

While the draw was just what this team needed to move things in a positive direction for once, it did not keep them from being in last place, a place in the standings the team hasn't seen since 1999. With the roster riddled with injuries and suspensions, reinforcements are sorely needed as they begin the long climb back up the table to secure a playoff berth for a record 14th time, starting with the Philadelphia Union next week at Harrison.

Scoring Summary:

33' - Chicago Fire FC - Kei Kamara, assisted by Arnaud Souquet
90+1' - New York Red Bulls - Cory Burke, assisted by John Tolkin

Disciplinary Summary:

4' - Chicago Fire FC - Rafael Czichos - Yellow Card
12' - New York Red Bulls - Cristian Casseres - Yellow Card
38 - New York Red Bulls - Omir Fernandez - Yellow Card
45+1' Chicago Fire FC - Mauricio Pineda - Yellow Card
47' - Chicago Fire FC - Miguel Navarro - Yellow Card
50' - Chicago Fire FC - Chris Mueller - Yellow Card
82' - Chicago Fire FC - Jonathan Dean - Yellow Card

Starting XI:

Chicago Fire FC: Chris Brady; Arnaud Souquet, Carlos Teran (Mauricio Pineda, 33’), Rafael Czichos, Miguel Navarro, Maren Haile-Selassie (Jonathan Dean, 73’), Chris Mueller (Daniel Aceves, 62’), Brian Gutierrez (Xherdan Shaqiri, 73’), Gaston Gimenez, Federico Navarro (Fabian Herbers, 62’), Kei Kamara

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin, Sean Nealis, Andrés Reyes (Peter Stroud, 83’), Cameron Harper, Dylan Nealis, Daniel Edelman, Cristian Cásseres, Jr., Omir Fernandez (Wiki Carmona, 60’), Elias Manoel, Tom Barlow (Cory Burke, 57’) 


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