By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Red Bull Arena- The Chicago Fire came into New Jersey to take care of some Red Bulls business. The Fire 2-3-1 defeated the Red Bulls (3-3) in front of 18,784 at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
The Red Bulls has secured all nine potential points in the first three matches of league play. NY have outscored their opponents, 10-1 and haven’t trailed for one second in the first 360 minutes at home.
The NYB have the best home record in MLS since the Red Bull Arena opened in 2010, owning the most home wins (87) and points (291).
The last time out versus Chicago the No.6 seed Bulls in the MLS Playoffs October 25 advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 4-0 win at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.
In the 30th minute the Fire got a corner and it was delivered at the near side of the field. Aleksandar Katai got to the outside of the area and smoked the ball with his left foot passed goalie Luis Robles and Chicago took an 1-0 lead.
Katai set up another score, taken down in the box by goalie Robles to earn a penalty kick that Nemanja Nikolic buried in the 69th. Lack of communication on the Red Bulls part because the Fire broke through the Red Bulls back line with ease to set up their second goal of the game.
“We saw Katai cutting through, Aaron (Long) realized that he was cutting through the middle and he wanted to get on the right side of him. But unfortunately was given a great ball and he made a great run.” Red Bulls Luis Robles said.
NY Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 81st minute. After Aaron Long’s header got cleared off the line by Nemanja Nikolic, Wright-Phillips slapped it home for his 91st MLS tally. But that would be all the scoring the Red Bulls would muster up for the contest. Wright-Phillips leads the team in both goals (8) and assists (5).
When BWP scores at least a goal and an assist in a game in league play or MLS, New York is 9-0-1 all-time.
“It is awesome the record that we have until now at home. I think it will be a difficult game since they will come out to get a result. Chicago is a difficult rival, they have good players, it is going to be a tough game like all of them. The key of the game is that we have younger players, but we do have a difficult game”. Red Bulls Michael Amir Murillo said.
The Red Bulls travels across country on the west coast to play LA Galaxy on Saturday, April 28 before their NY rival match against NYCFC on May 5, at Red Bull Arena.