The New York Red Bulls pulled level with the Chicago Fire 2-2, after Brian White scored the equalizing goal in the dying embers of the game for the second consecutive week. This is the Red Bulls third draw in a row and Brian White’s third of the season.
Kyle Duncan started off the scoring with a left footed curler in the 39th minute. Jared Stroud, who was credited with the assist, weaved his way through a crowded Chicago midfield before finding Duncan, unmarked, outside of the box. Cutting the ball to his left, he let fly a curler that had Fire keeper Bobby Shuttleworth rooted to his spot.
Robert Beric evened up the score in the 51st minute. Álvaro Medrán drew the unsuspecting Red Bull defensive line forward before playing a cross to the left flank, finding the forehead of Przemyslaw Frankowski. He headed it back towards Boris Sekulic, who in turn crossed it in front of the face of Ryan Meara’s goal. It fell to Beric, who was 3 yards out and easily buried it in the back of the net.
Chicago got an insurance goal with Frankowski’s tap-in in the 72nd minute. Fabian Herbert nearly scored in the lead up with a header from a Robert Beric cross. After Meara’s save hit the crossbar and bounced back, Frankowski was there to put back the rebound and give the Fire a 2-1 lead.
The three points for the Fire looked in the bag until Brian White’s 92nd minute goal. Marc Rzatkowski‘s shot was deflected off a Chicago defender straight up into the air, finding Florian Valot who ran past a ball-watching Fire back line. Valot’s header was blocked by Shuttleworth, flying behind him. Tom Barlow’s attempt was blocked by a valiant effort by Boris Sekulic, only to find a wide open White who walked the ball into the net.
The Red Bulls leave the Windy City with a hard earned point. They stay in 7th place with 26 points. Next up is a home fixture against the New England Revolution Wednesday night, who sit a place above them in the table. The Revs are coming off a draw of their own, tying their last game with Nashville SC.
Edited by Nick Sbordone