New York Red Bulls 1, Chicago Fire 1
Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 - 4 p.m. ET
Toyota Park | Bridgeview, Ill.
NY - Bradley Wright-Phillips 15 (Sacha Kljestan, Fidel Escobar) 8'
CHI - Nemanja Nikolic 17 (Michael de Leeuw, Johan Kappelhof) 66'
NY - Sal Zizzo (caution, foul) 31'
CHI - Jonathan Campbell (caution, foul) 57'
CHI - Arturo Alvarez (caution, foul) 75'
CHI - Michael de Leeuw (caution, unsporting behavior) 76'
New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Fidel Escobar, Sal Zizzo (Muhamed Keita, 85'), Felipe, Alex Muyl (Gonzalo Veron, 69'), Sacha Kljestan, Tyler Adams, Bradley Wright-Phillips
TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 7; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Matt Polster, Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell, Brandon Vincent, Juninho (Drew Conner, 79'), Dax McCarty, Michael de Leeuw, Luis Solignac, David Accam (Djordje Mihailovic, 86'), Nemaja Nikolic (David Arshakyan, 90'+5)
TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 14; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 1
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson, Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
VAR: Jair Marrufo
- For the second straight week, the New York Red Bulls earned a road point, playing to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Bradley Wright-Phillips supplied the Red Bulls goal.
- New York is now 12-10-5 on the season and 4-8-2 on the road.
- The Red Bulls remain in fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with 41 points, one behind Columbus Crew SC, and five points ahead of Atlanta United FC. Both Columbus and Atlanta are in action on Sunday afternoon.
- Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the eighth minute, tapping in a ball that had been headed across the face of goal by Sacha Kljestan for his 15th of the year.
- New York would hold the lead until a Nemanja Nikolic goal in the 66th minute.
- Fidel Escobar started the play with a cross to Kljestan, earning his first MLS point after joining New York on loan in August.
- Wright-Phillips has six goals and an assist in his last seven MLS games.
- BWP now has 84 regular season goals in his MLS career, moving into 13th place on the MLS all-time scoring list behind Roy Lassiter (88).
- Wright-Phillips becomes the second player in MLS history to record 15+ goals in four straight seasons, the other being Robbie Keane.
- Last season, BWP became the first player in league history to record multiple 20+ goal seasons.
- Kljestan, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Saturday, got his 14th assist of the year. Kljestan also had a goal and assist in last week's 2-2 draw at FC Dallas.
- Kljestan has 48 assists since joining New York at the start of 2015. Only two players in league history have more assists over a three-year span (Carlos Valderrama, 48 and 53 in different spans, Marco Etcheverry 49).
- Michael Amir Murillo was a late scratch, being replaced in the lineup by Sal Zizzo after warmups. Murillo was withdrawn due to an ankle injury in warmups.
- New York is 39-41-16 all-time in the month of September. The Red Bulls have scored 141 goals and have allowed 153 goals in the ninth month of the year.
- The Red Bulls return home next Sunday, September 17, to host the Philadelphia Union at 1 p.m. (ESPN, Red Bulls Radio). The Red Bulls travel to Sporting Kansas City for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final three days later, on September 20.