Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull New York will hope to extend its
four-match unbeaten run on Saturday when the club welcomes the Chicago Fire to
Red Bull Arena.
Saturday's clash will be a rematch of a 1-1 draw between the two sides at
Toyota Park on March 23. The Red Bulls are 3-1-3 since that game, rising to a
four-way tie for top spot in the Eastern Conference with 14 points on the
New York most recently earned a 1-0 win over FC Dallas, a fortunate result
given that Luis Robles was forced to save a second-half penalty to keep the
two sides level.
"I think he's carrying that confidence from middle-to-end of last year and
carrying it right into the preseason this year and right into the beginning
(of the regular season)," Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said after the
match. "A confident goalkeeper is key for us, and for any team, and right now
we have a confident goalkeeper."
Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his rich vein of form by scoring the lone
goal of the match with his fifth strike in three games, which was set up by
Thierry Henry's third assist in as many matches.
"If you can get it to (Henry) in that position, behind the defense, he's
always going to make a play, and he made a great pass to Bradley," midfielder
Dax McCarty said. "And Bradley did what he's been doing the past couple weeks,
just being deadly in the box and obviously it was an important goal because it
was the game-winner."
Chicago, on six points, is the last remaining club in MLS without a win this
season. But the Fire have dropped just two games, preventing the club from
being stranded alone at the bottom of the East - Frank Yallop's side shares
the cellar with the Montreal Impact.
The Fire saw their run of six successive draws come to an end last time out as
the club suffered a 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake.
"Obviously it's piss-poor defending," Yallop said. "I don't think we really
wanted to win that game because it didn't show. If we wanted to we would have
tried, put our head through the ball and cleared things and be good at that
stuff but we didn't. So it's back to the drawing board for us. I thought we
were going somewhere but now we've had a total collapse in a game we should
Chicago is three games shy of the MLS-record for the longest winless streak to
start a season, when Real Salt Lake opened the 2007 campaign with an 0-5-6