The New York Red Bulls continued their struggles as they were defeated by the Chicago Fire on Saturday.
RBNY were dominated by the Fire in the opening half, but were able to go into half tied thanks in part to some great saves by Luis Robles.
Robles was able to deny Nemanja Nikolic in the 23rd minute from close range and then in 35th minute the Red Bulls keeper made a big save on Aleksandar Katai to keep the game level.
Despite having the starters back from their international call-ups the team looked toothless in the attacking third. The team was unable to keep possession and the midfield struggled against the physicality the Fire brought. The hosts played plenty of long balls which had success against the RBNY back line.
The Fire continued to control play in the beginning of the second half and were rewarded for their efforts when they took the lead in the 47th minute. A long ball caused chaos in the Red Bulls box and Nikolic’s effort hit the post and Tim Parker and went over the line.
The Red Bulls tried to find a way past the Fire defense but were unable to even after manager Chris Armas made some changes in the second half. The team has failed to a score a goal in 180 minutes since their win against San Jose.
The RBNY defense was also dealt a blow late on as Kemar Lawrence seemed to re-aggravate the injury that had plagued him late last season and he was replaced by Connor Lade.
The Red Bulls will return home against to take on Minnesota United next week.