Chicago Fire, Red Bulls play to 1-1 draw

Chicago Fire, Red Bulls play to 1-1 draw
March 23, 2014, 7:45 pm
Associated Press

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Dax McCarty's goal in the 21st minute lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The deadlock, played in 28 degree temperatures, kept each team winless at 0-1-2 records.

For the second straight match, the Fire opened the scoring and then were tied.

Chicago midfielder Jeff Larentowicz headed Harrison Shipp's corner kick past goalkeeper Luis Robles from 8 yards out in the sixth minute.

New York tied the game on McCarty's 13-yard shot off a scramble in the 21st minute. McCarty found the ball in a crowd after a corner kick was cleared by the Chicago defense, and beat Sean Johnson with a short right-footed kick.

Alex's hard left-footed shot for the Fire was saved by Robles in the 47th minute. New York flirted with a second score in the 64th, but Thierry Henry couldn't convert a pass from Dan Cahill in the penalty area.

Johnson made three saves, Robles two. The Red Bulls were cited for five yellow cards to Chicago's one.

The Fire was without defender Lovel Palmer, serving the first of a two-game suspension for a collision with Portland's Maximiliano Urruti in the previous match.