The Fire came out with their fourth draw in five games on Sunday with a 1-1 result at home to the Red Bulls
Chicago Fire continue to stretch their MLS record of drawing consecutive home matches as they came back to tie the New York Red Bulls 1-1 on a sunny, Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park. The result marked Chicago's sixth home draw in a row.Both teams had a slow start to the game as neither side showed any legitimate threat to each other until midway through the first half.
"Every game is different," Klopas commented on the 1-1 draw. "Our mind frame is to always get the three points and it never changes."
The attacking third, the final pass, and decision making were factors Klopas stressed the Fire clearly lacked in certain stages of the game.
"I think our ball movement in the second half was better, for sure," Klopas stated. "I think in the first half, we were running. A lot of useless running and we need to get our midfield players more involved into the game."
Patrick Nyarko had a pretty inspiring performance after making numerous threatening runs himself.
"Overall it was disappointing," Nyarko commented. "But we take a lot of positives in from the second half."
When asked how big of an impact six consecutive home draws were, he said it definitely brought some frowns to the team.
"Oh yeah, it's definitely frustrating, especially at home where we need to pick up points. I thought the second half we played excellent and we'll make sure to carry that onto the next game."
The Red Bulls managed to break the deadlock in the 41st minute of play. Thierry Henry initially played a beautiful direct pass in between Joel Lindpere and Yamith Cuesta, however Cuesta's failed clearance of that pass saw Lindpere recover it and slot it home for the visitors.
The second half was a much better one for the home side, as interim Frank Klopas had acknowledged before.
Following a number of chances for the Men in Red, Marco Pappa found himself with the ball after a poor clearance.
The Gold Cup returnee controlled it and placed it well out of reach of the diving Bouna Coundoul. It was a good 25 yards out that took a lethal bounce in front of the 'keeper to tie the game up at 1-1.
"He's got that ability," Klopas said of Pappa. "Some players have it, some don't."
The remainder of the second half was back and forth. Opportunities came but were nothing the goalkeepers from both sides couldn't handle.
The draw puts the New York Red Bulls second in the Eastern Conference, just 3 points behind leaders Philadelphia Union.
As for the Fire, streaks continue on for the Men in Red after now extending their stretch to six consecutive home draws.