Red Bulls beat Fire 2-1, win Supporters’ Shield
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Sacha Kljestan had a goal and an assist and the New York Red Bulls won the Supporters’ Shield as Major League Soccer’s regular-season champion with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday night.
The top-seeded Red Bulls (18-10-6), who have a first-round bye in the Eastern Conference playoffs, won their second Supporters’ Shield in three seasons. They also snapped a 14-game winless streak at Toyota Park.
The Fire (8-20-6) finished with consecutive losses and at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Red Bulls struck quickly in the eighth minute. Kljestan lofted his corner kick to Sal Zizzo, who headed the ball to Bradley Wright-Phillips. Wright-Phillips was left unmarked and he easily tapped the ball in the back of the net for his 17th goal of the season.
Kljestan scored a penalty kick goal in the 35th minute.
For the Fire, Gilberto scored in the 78th minute. Patrick Nyarko and Patrick Doody assisted on the goal.