The New York Red Bulls improved on their previous win at home against the Los Angeles Football Club and move back into the Supporters Shield lead after a win against the Chicago Fire.
A clash of styles and an ultra defensive Fire nearly squeaked out a draw against the Red Bulls. Second half tactical changes by Chris Armas were all that was needed for the Red Bulls 1-0 win.
Solo Goal By Bradley Wright-Phillips All That Is Needed Against Chicago
Not much can be said for the first half. It was dull, boring, and few chances were created until the last few minutes of the half. It was a back and forth battle of possession with the Red Bulls leading slightly by halftime. Daniel Royer had the only shot in the first half.
The second half became a different story. The Red Bulls pressed more effectively, creating a turn over following a corner kick. Tyler Adams pressured Dax McCarty into a turnover. Adams then passed to Daniel Royer who found Bradley Wright-Phillips. Wright-Phillips tapped the ball into the goal in the 55th minute.
Following the goal, the match tightened up like the first half. Armas made several tactical changes. First, Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Romero Gamarra for Alex Muyl. Then, Connor Lade for Royer. The formation shifted to a black of five in the back whenever there was extra pressure from the Fire.
Finally, Andreas Ivan saw his first share of the field today, coming in for Marc Rzatkowski. While Ivan didn’t have much time to really contribute, his time on the ball showed promise. Further time on the field is needed to fully analyze.
The Red Bulls improve to 15-6-2 on the season, and are within one point from first in the Eastern Conference Standings and first in the Supporters Shield race. Next up, the Red Bulls head out to Vancouver taking on the Whitecaps, then fly back and play the final Derby game against NYCFC.
Man Of The Match
Tyler Adams: His tenacity and relentlessness against the Fire, along his attack and defensive mindset were again amazing. It’s no wonder why Red Bull Leipzig is rumored to be very much considering signing Adams once the season is over. The force of the turn over from McCarty that eventually lead to the only goal, is why he is always valued, no matter what his position on the field might be.
Photo by Bill Twomey Photography