BWP salvages road point for Red Bulls at Chicago



The Red Bulls lost their early lead but found their way in extra time — thanks to their new franchise leading goalscorer.

A late goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips gives New York Red Bulls a share of the points against the Chicago Fire. It was his 63rd goal in all competitions, surpassing club icon, Juan Pablo Angel.

The game was marked with defensive frailties by RBNY and a string of injuries that sent New York scrambling to the bench early. Dax McCarty left the game after just 42 minutes with what the team described as a knee contusion. The other injury of note was to goaltender Luis Robles who hurt his leg but battled through and finished the game.

The first half started well for the Red Bulls but ended as a house of horrors after surrendering an early lead. Despite over 60% possession through the first 45 minutes, the Red Bulls defense folded after McCarty’s exit.

New York went ahead in the 17th minute when a Mike Grella cross into the box was knocked into the net by Fire midfielder Matt Polster. Red Bull killer David Accam equalized with a tremendous solo effort. Polster then redeemed himself with a brilliant headed effort  just before the first half whistle to give Chicago the lead.

New York continued to dominate possession in the second half with Chicago perfectly comfortable absorbing possession and waiting for a counter opportunity. That moment came in the 64th minute when David Accam found the ball in front of an empty net. However, he couldn’t reach the feed, nullifying Chicago’s best chance to double the lead.

The Red Bulls, meanwhile, made the most of their opportunity. With Gonzalo Veron drawing away his marker, Connor Lade found himself in yards of space, allowing him to unleash a pinpoint cross to the head of Wright-Phillips to tie the match at the 90th minute.

The result gives New York 33 points on the season, leaving them three points back of Eastern Conference leading NYCFC. It also extends the team’s road winless streak to five games. On a positive note, they have grabbed nine points from their last five league matches.

Next up for New York is a midweek CONCACAF Champions League group stage meeting with Antigua Guatemala Futbol Club on Wednesday night.


New York Red Bulls: Robles; Lade, Collin, Zubar, Zizzo (’73 Bilyeu); McCarty (’42 Davis), Felipe; Grella, Muyl (’54 Veron), Kljestan; Wright-Phillips

Chicago Fire: Johnson; Harrington, Meira (’43 Campbell), Kappelhof, Rodrigo; Thiam, Polster; Accam, Alvarez (’58 Cocis), Goossens (’82 LaBrocca); De Leeuw


’17 (RBNY) Matt Polster (1) own-goal
’35 (Chicago Fire) David Accam (5) unassisted
’45+ (Chicago Fire) Matt Polster (2) assisted by John Goossens (3)
’90 (RBNY) Bradley Wright-Phillips (12) assisted by Connor Lade (1)


’15 YELLOW CARD (RBNY): Felipe Martins
’57 YELLOW CARD (RBNY): Mike Grella
’76 YELLOW CARD (Chicago Fire): Razvan Cocis
’90 YELLOW CARD (RBNY): Ronald Zubar