The New York Red Bulls failed to grab their second away win of the season at Toyota Park in Chicago drawing 2-2 with last place Chicago Fire. The Red Bulls, who still sit in second in the Eastern Conference behind city rivals NYCFC, might feel a little hard done by the result as they dominated play for the majority of the match.
The Red Bulls opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Mike Grella’s cross bounced off Chicago defender Matt Polster and into the Fire net. Chicago quickly responded and grabbed the equalizer in the 35th minute through a great long range shot by David Accam. The Fire then got the go ahead goal 10 minutes later when Matt Polster made up for his own goal by heading home Goossens’ cross from close range.
The Red Bulls eventually leveled the game in the 90th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips volleyed in Connor Lade’s cross to become the all-time leading goal scorer for the New York Red Bulls. His late strike against the Fire was his 63rd goal for the New York side and pushed him past MLS legend Juan Pablo Angel.
After the match, Bradley Wright-Phillips reflected on his goal, saying, “It was one of the rare times we had space on the flanks, so when Connor got it, my eyes kind of lit up. I know he can deliver a good ball, so I just wanted to get to the front post. I just tried to get a firm touch behind it and find the corner.”
Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch praised Bradley Wright-Phillips after the game and spoke about his amazing ability to make something out of nothing. “We’re trying to encourage him to have a cut-throat mentality,” Marsch said. “Even if he doesn’t have many touches, he only needs one touch to make a difference. That part was really good, he stayed after the game and made a big play.”
The Red Bulls’ next match will come on Sunday when they travel to the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Galaxy.