It looked like the jinx from Toyota Park was coming over to Red Bull Arena as the Chicago Fire who have something to play for and trying to act as spoiler on the Red Bulls plans almost came to fruition. But while it looked like a solid start to the match for the home side, the Fire found ways to make the evening look scary and there was some worry right away.
Damien Perrinelle was marking Kennedy Igboananike along the near side of the New York area and when the move was made, Perrinelle fouled his man that got Armando Villarreal to blow his whistle to point to the spot & in the 14th minute Jeff Larentowicz converted the spot kick. On replay the foul happened when Igboananike's right foot was touching the line and Perrinelle just clipped him, all keepers have said and according to the laws of the game the line of the area is apart of it and can be blown for a spot kick.
Then Chicago took advantage of the Red Bulls in the 26th minute as David Accam made a nice cut on Connor Lade going down the near side and when he got inside the area, Luis Robles tried to cut down the angle and slide tackle the ball away but unfortunately Accam made another cut and gently tapped it in.
This whole setup came after the Red Bulls tried to deliver a corner on the near side of the field and when the Fire stopped the chance, it was some great awareness from Michael Stephens to clear the ball down the field and Accam just made a brilliant move to attack the goal. But that's where the Red Bulls had enough and quickly got on the score sheet.
Two minutes later the Red Bulls would start the comeback in grand fashion as Felipe gave a long ball from the midfield circle to Sacha Kljestan and quickly found Bradley Wright-Phillips who got into space and toe poked it past Sean Johnson. Just like that the home side was back and brought back their belief.
They would make it two all in the 38th minute as Mike Grella gets a nice pass from Lloyd Sam and quickly got a handle on it, with a nice turnaround shot that beats Johnson inside the far post to level the score. Dax McCarty was in the middle of the field and crossed the ball to Sam who attacked down the far side and when he got close to the byline, that's when he made that nice pass to Grella and the finish.
All throughout the match the Red Bulls were trying to find a way to get that third, they needed to get that big go ahead goal so they can move ahead of DC United for first in the east and got it when Lloyd Sam was taken down in the area. Stepping up to the spot was Kljestan and with all the pressure on him to take the lead, he saw Johnson dive to his left early & that allowed Kljestan to go the other direction and convert in the 71st minute.
"That's an important moment when (Bradley's Goal) you go down two that you need to get one right back." Said Jesse Marsch, "Because the game is still up for grabs, but we've talked about no matter what situation we are in as a team, we continue to have belief on the field and we just continue to push. We feel we can emerge and get the win, it's not the way we planned it but the response was fantastic."
So at the moment the Red Bulls have leapt over DC United and taken over the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a one point lead & they will wait to see what DC does this weekend with a match at the Colorado Rapids, but still with three in hand after the weekend the Red Bulls will make a trip to New England and take on the Revolution.