Chicago Fire SC 2-2 New York Red Bulls: White stoppage time equalizer salvages point for visitors
Photo: Chicago Fire FC

The New York Red Bulls earned a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field thanks to a 93rd minute goal by Brian White. The result sees New York remain in a playoff place in seventh while Chicago draw level with Inter Miami for the last playoff spot.

The Fire had a great chance in the 25th minute as Robert Peric sent in a pass that was misplayed by Red Bulls defender Jason Pendant, which left Przemyslaw Frankowski with a left-footed shot that just missed the lower left corner.

The Red Bulls struck first in the 39th minute as Jared Stroud played in Kyle Duncan, who took one touch, cut back and struck a well-hit shot into the top left corner past Fire goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to give New York a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes after halftime Chicago were level. Alvaro Medran switched the ball to Frankowski and he headed down for Boris Sekulic. The Serbian's cross was tapped in by Robert Beric for his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

In the 66th minute he turned provider, playing in a great ball that Przemyslaw Frankowski headed over the crossbar. Five minutes after that, the Pole finally opened his account.

Ignacio Aliseda played a ball out wide to Beric and his cross was delivered to a diving Fabian Herbers. His header was saved by Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara, hit off the crossbar before falling to Frankowski, who had the simplest of finishes to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

It looked like the lead would hold up and the Fire would take all three points, but the Red Bulls equalized in the third minute of stoppage time. A 30-yard shot by Marc Rzatkowski deflected off of Chicago defender Mauricio Pineda, a header was saved by Shuttleworth and after more confusion, White tapped home to rescue a point for New York.

Raphael Wicky: Dropped points "puts a little bit more pressure on us"

Following the match, Chicago head coach Raphael Wicky spoke of his team's performance as well as dropping two crucial points: "I think we had good performance, a very good performance against a very aggressive and not easy to play against team.

"You have to win your home games, which is very important. But football doesn't always work like that. I know that if you want to achieve something, you also have to be able to win games and go get points on the road. So, obviously now that puts a little bit more pressure on us now."

Up next

Chicago Fire: Wednesday, October 28 at Philadelphia Union (7:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)

New York Red Bulls: Sunday, November 1 at New York City FC (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)

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