New York Red Bulls

10-Manned Red Bulls Survive Chicago with Uplifting Draw

The New York Red Bulls survived their match against the Chicago Fire FC after playing with 10 men for a full half. The 0-0 draw still earned them a point keeping them tied for first with Miami in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the outcome, there was no shortage of chances as New York had 17 shots (five shots on goal), and Chicago had eight shots (three shots on goal). The Red Bulls did a fine job connecting their passes and creating opportunities.

Unfortunately, those chances could not convert to goals. The closest chance came in the added time of the 90th minute when Elias Manoel hit the right post, and Frankie Amaya found the left post on the rebound.

Late in the first half, defender Andres Reyes was shown a red card for violent misconduct, forcing New York to play the entire second half a man down. Although the Red Bulls were at a disadvantage, they continued to create chances on the counterattack while playing a more defensive game.

Head coach Sandro Schwarz spoke on the match.

“The second half was great,” Schwarz said. “Great performance, especially in our defense, also to have the situation with four midfielders. We changed the structure. Wiki [Carmona] with Frankie Amaya was great and a great job also for the back four. We said this at halftime, we have to defend seriously and to focus with our transitions.”

Goalkeeper Carlos Coronel recorded another shutout to add to his stat sheet. This is the club’s 91st shutout since 2010, which is the most in the MLS in the past 14 years.

"We started the game well," Center back Noah Eile said. "Created a couple chances to score and then obviously the red card changed the game a little bit, but these things happen. I think we showed a great mentality from the whole team to fight and to manage to get the point which can be important in the end."

A familiar face in forward Tom Barlow was welcomed back to Red Bull Arena after being transferred to Chicago in the offseason. Barlow was presented with a tribute video showing his career as a Red Bull and an ovation from the fans as he stepped onto the pitch.
New York is back on the road next weekend, this time out west, where the club will face Los Angeles FC. The Red Bulls will be sure to remain a top team in the league. The match will be on Saturday, April 20th, at 10:30 pm ET.

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