Rapid Reaction: Fire 1, Red Bulls 1

June, 26, 2011
6/26/11
3:06
PM CT
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Toyota Park:


How it happened: Fire midfielder Marco Pappa's 30-yard strike in the 58th minute helped Chicago overcome a halftime deficit. Pappa's long-distance shot bounced over diving Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Earlier in the match, Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere netted a 40th-minute goal to garner a 1-0 lead. The Fire have yet to lose to New York at Toyota Park, moving to 5-0-3.

What it means: The Fire are now 2-4-11 (17 points) on the season and lead the MLS with their 11 draws. The Red Bulls are 5-3-9 (24 points), and they have fallen out of first place in the Eastern Conference. The Philadelphia Union defeated Chivas USA this weekend and hold the East's top spot with 26 points.

Beyond the box score: Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini, who picked up a yellow card after he tripped the Red Bulls' Thierry Henry in the 37th minute, will have to miss Chicago's next MLS match on Saturday at Chivas USA.

Up next: The Fire travel to Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday to face the USL Pro's Rochester Rhinos on Tuesday at Sahlen's Stadium in third-round action of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Chicago resumes MLS play on July 2, when the Fire travels to the west coast to take on Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center.

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