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RECAP: Red Bulls slim playoff chances burned by Chicago Fire, 1-0

Photo Credit: Matt Kremkau

By Garry Redman

HARRISON, NJ - Last week, the Red Bulls traveled to the Nation’s Capital and left Audi Field with three valuable points to keep their playoff hopes alive. With only four games remaining, the Chicago Fire FC will look to improve their playoff chances at the expense of the Red Bulls in Harrison.

Unfortunately, the Red Bulls were missing defender and captain Sean Nealis due to yellow card accumulation, forcing Hassan Ndam to step in. The team thought they had scored in the 16th minute, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul, causing disagreement from the fans.

The Red Bulls had another chance in the 32nd minute when John Tolkin headed the ball from a difficult angle but missed the target. In the 36th minute, Elias Manoel tried to head the ball into the net, but Chris Brady made a timely save.

As the first half ended with a draw, some fans showed their displeasure with the missed opportunities. The second half began with the Red Bulls pressing for a goal, but their efforts were in vain.

In the 63rd minute, defender Hassan Ndam received a second yellow card, and two minutes later, the visitors scored from a set piece, stunning the home supporters. Troy Lesense added Cameron Harper, Dru Yearwood, and Cory Burke to jump-start the offense, but it wasn’t enough.

A young player named Julian Hall debuted in an MLS game during the 81st minute. He is now the youngest player to
ever play in a game for this franchise, surpassing Eddie Gaven and Serge Ngoma in the team’s history. Although this young player has a bright future, the team needs help to keep their hopes for the postseason alive.

Chicago had a chance to seal the match, but Xherdan Shaqiri missed an open net on a breakaway. Kacper Przbylko hit the post just seconds later. Frankie Amaya had a chance to equalize the match, but his shot rang off the post, a fitting end for a team struggling to win a much-needed match. However, the visitors celebrated a well-deserved victory in the end, while the Red Bulls were left to rue their missed opportunities.

Starting Lineups:

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel, Hassan Ndam, Andres Reyes, Kyle Duncan, Luquinhas (Cameron Harper 68’), John Tolkin, Daniel Edelman, Frankie Amaya, Omir Fernandez (Cory Burke 77’), Tom Barlow (Dylan Nealis 68’), Elias Manoel (Julian Hall 81’)

Chicago Fire FC: Chris Brady, Carlos Teran, Miguel Navarro, Wyatt Omsberg, Jonathan Dean, Xherdan Shaqiri (Rafael Czichos 90’ +2’), Jairo Torres (Maren Haile-Selassie 52’), Fabian Herbers, Ousmane Doumbia (Brian Gutierrez 71’), Gaston Gimenez, Georgios Koutsias (Kacper Przybylko 71’)

Scoring Summary:
64’ - Chicago Fire FC - Georgios Koutsias, assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri

Disciplinary Summary:
17' - Chicago Fire FC - Ousmane Doumbia - Yellow Card
49’ - New York Red Bulls - Hassan Ndam - Yellow Card
59’ - Chicago Fire FC - Georgios Koutsias - Yellow Card
63’ - New York Red Bulls - Hassan Ndam - Second Yellow Card, Red Card
82’ - Chicago Fire FC - Chris Brady - Yellow Card
90 + 3’ - New York Red Bulls - John Tolkin - Yellow Card
90 + 5’ - Chicago Fire FC - Johnathan Dean - Yellow Card

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