After a squandered opportunity, New York City FC has a second chance at gaining on the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
The Blues, who gave up a 90th-minute goal in a 2-2 draw with first-place Toronto FC on Wednesday, host the second-place Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York.
The Fire (11-3-5) trail Toronto FC (11-3-6), which hosts Colorado on Saturday, by one point in the standings. NYCFC (10-6-4) is five points behind Toronto FC.
"I feel that sometimes you have to accept that the other team is playing better, and I think Toronto played better," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in his postgame press conference. "I think in the second half when they scored the goal, we were struggling. Physically, it was quite difficult for us."