Tag:

Chicago Fire

New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Toyota Park. (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) reacts after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half at Toyota Park. (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan scored four minutes apart early in the first half, and the New York Red Bulls cruised by the Chicago Fire 4-0 on Wednesday night in a knockout-round game.

New York (15-12-8), in its eighth straight playoffs, advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals against Supporters Shield winner Toronto FC.

Tags: Chicago Fire
Read More

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a save over D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio (9) during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Tommy Gilligan)
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a save over D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio (9) during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. (Tommy Gilligan)

The New York Red Bulls are allowing the second-most goals per game in MLS while the Chicago Fire are by far the league's worst attack.

Something will have to give as far as that is concerned when the Red Bulls try to extend the Fire's league-record road winless streak to 30 games Wednesday night.

New York (3-7-1) won the Supporters' Shield with the most points in the league a year ago but it has been awful defensively, conceding 20 goals from 11 matches with only MLS Cup champion Portland with a worse ratio in allowing 22 goals in 12 games. The Red Bulls have the league's worst goal difference at minus-7.

Tags: Chicago Fire, Sacha Kljestan
Read More

Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium (Andy Marlin)
Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium (Andy Marlin)

Major League Soccer's 2016 season will begin with the New York Red Bulls hosting Toronto on March 6.

Games set for later that day include Salt Lake at Orlando, New York City at Chicago, Philadelphia at Dallas, New England at Houston, Colorado at San Jose, defending champion Columbus at Portland, Montreal at Vancouver, Kansas City at Seattle and D.C. at Los Angeles.

MLS said Tuesday this will be the first time since 2005 all teams play on opening day.

Tags: Chicago Fire
Read More