Rapid Reaction: Fire 2, Red Bulls 2

August, 13, 2011
8/13/11
8:34
PM CT
Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.:

How it happened: Red Bulls star Thierry Henry gave New York the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute with a curling ball around Fire defender Jalil Anibaba and inside the right post past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. But Fire scoring leader Dominic Oduro netted his seventh goal of the season in the 16th minute to tie the score at 1-1. Chicago's Sebastian Grazzini netted his first goal for the Fire in the 24th minute off of a rebound to garner a 2-1 lead. Shortly after the Red Bulls were pleading for a Dan Gargan hand ball in the box, the Red Bulls' Joel Lindpere found the net in the 63rd minute to equalize at 2-2. Still fuming about the non-call, Lindpere received a yellow card for dissent.

What it means: The Fire tied an MLS record with their 14th draw of the season, moving to 2-7-14 (20 points). Chicago tied the draws mark set by FC Dallas last year. The Fire continue to stay alone in last place in the Eastern Conference as Toronto FC moved up in the standings with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. The New England Revolution is now in eighth place in the East ahead of Chicago after a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. New York moves to 6-6-13 (31 points).

Outside the box: The Fire abandoned their lone-forward formation in previous matches by pairing Oduro with fellow Ghanaian Patrick Nyarko. Nyarko was effective, especially in the first half as he set up Oduro's goal and had several other strong connections. Nyarko came off the pitch in the 56th minute and replaced by Orr Barouch. With the one-goal lead, the Fire reverted back to one forward in Barouch and dropped Oduro back to right midfield. However, Chicago lost the lead less than 10 minutes later.

Up next: The Fire play their next three league matches at home, beginning with D.C. United at 8 p.m. Thursday at Toyota Park (ESPN2). Chicago has four matches in a 13-day stretch, capped off by a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against the USL Pro's Richmond Kickers on Aug. 30 at Toyota Park.

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