Fire 3, Red Bulls 1
Gonzalo Segares and Chris Rolfe scored in the second half to
lead the Chicago Fire to a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls
Segares’ goal came in the 68th minute on a short rebound of his
pass to Dominic Oduro, who misfired. Segares followed up and put a
point-blank shot past goalkeeper Ryan Meara to snap a 1-all
The goal came four minutes after the Fire appeared to take the
lead. Oduro’s 15-yard shot clearly crossed the goal line before New
York defender Wilman Conde slid and cleared the ball to the
sideline, but neither referee Baldomero Toledo nor assistant
referee Ian Anderson saw it. Replays showed the ball in the goal
and Anderson well up the sideline, out of position to confirm the
Rolfe made it 3-1 in the 81st minute, taking a low pass from
Patrick Nyarko in the goalmouth and converting.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Fire. New
York had been 5-0-1 in its last six MLS matches, but hadn’t played
a league match since May 23.
Nyarko had opened the scoring in the fourth minute, heading
Sebastian Grazzini’s pass to Meara’s right as the goalkeeper lunged
to the left.
New York’s Dax McCarty tied the game on a set-piece header in
the 55th minute. Lurking on the left side, McCarty headed in the
long corner-kick cross from Mehdi Ballouchy. Fire goalkeeper Sean
Johnson failed to adjust for McCarty’s header.
New York was without the services of star forward Thierry Henry,
out with a calf strain in his right leg. That allowed Chicago
defender Jalil Anibama to shadow forward Kenny Cooper tightly.