New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 17
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire
 Red Bull Arena — Harrison
June 28 - 8:00 PM ET

TV: UniMas

STREAMING: Twitter, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada

The New York Red Bulls return from the Gold Cup break Friday night looking to rebound from back-to-back defeats, including an extra-time loss to the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup, to host a Chicago Fire side that are winless in their last five league games. 

New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire
     June 28 - 8:00 PM ET | Red Bull Arena - Harrison 


Chris Armas liked a lot of what he saw, but the Red Bulls (7-6-3) conceded late in regulation before losing in extra-time, 3-2, to the Revs in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. After conceding an early goal, the Red Bulls leveled through Tom Barlow in the 19th minute and Cristian Casseres followed with a blast from distance to put New York in front in the 54th minute. But Teal Bunbury equalized in the 85th minute and added the extra-time winner despite playing the 30 minutes of extra-time with 10 men after Luis Caicedo was sent off for a second bookable offense. 

The Fire (4-6-7) squandered a chance to move above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference, playing Real Salt Lake to a 1-1 draw at SeatGeek Stadium last Saturday night. Aleksandar Katai put the hosts in front after five minutes, but Albert Rusnak leveled from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute. 

The Fire won the first meeting this year, a 1-0 home victory courtesy of a Tim Parker own goal three minutes after halftime.

New York Red Bulls

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Florian Valot (M) - torn ACL
    • PROBABLE: Bradley Wright-Phillips (F) - groin injury
    • PROBABLE: Vincent Bezecourt (M) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  Aaron Long (D), Michael Amir Murillo (D), Kemar Lawrence (D), Derrick Etienne (M)

Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: Johan Kappelhof (D) - thigh injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Bastian Schweinsteiger (D), Francisco Calvo (D), Mo Adams(M)
  • International duty:  Francisco Calvo (D), Djordje Mihailovic (M)

Series Matchup at Red Bulls

  • Red Bulls: 13 wins, 45 goals
  • Fire: 12 wins, 43 goals
  • 3 draws


  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Jeffrey Greeson
  • 4th Official: Marcos DeOliveira
  • VAR: Jorge Gonzalez

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