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Chicago Fire Blow Lead in 91st Minute, Settle for 3-3 Draw with New York Red Bulls

Xherdan Shaqiri scored the go-ahead goal in the 89th minute, but New York answered to extend the Fire’s winless streak to nine matches.

Xherdan Shaqiri Chicago Fire
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Xherdan Shaqiri scored his third goal of the season for the Chicago Fire in the 89th minute, but New York Red Bulls substitute Patryk Klimala answered during the second-half stoppage time for a 3-3 draw Wednesday at Red Bull Arena.

Lewis Morgan and Cameron Harper also scored for New York (5-2-5), which is unbeaten in its past six matches. Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel made three saves.

Chris Mueller and Wyatt Omsberg also scored for Chicago (2-5-5), which is winless in its past nine matches across all competitions (eight in MLS play). The Fire haven’t won since a 3-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City on March 19.

Morgan opened the scoring with his team-leading fifth goal on a penalty kick in the 20th minute. He sent his shot to the bottom of the net just past Slonina’s out-stretched left hand.

Mueller leveled it 1-1 in the 38th minute with his first goal in his third appearance for the Fire. The Schaumburg native settled a pass from Shaqiri, dribbled around three New York defenders then combined with Homegrown midfielder Brian Gutierrez, who played it back to Mueller for a point-blank shot in the top of the net.

Omsberg scored his first career MLS goal to give Chicago a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute. Forward Jhon Duran headed Shaqiri’s corner to the far post for Omsberg, who headed it in.

Harper, who also scored his first MLS goal, tied it 2-2 in the 58th minute. His shot from inside the 18-yard box went off Slonina’s hands and into the net.

Shaqiri collected a loose ball in the box and fired a shot into the bottom corner for a 3-2 lead, but Klimala knocked in Omir Fernandez’s pass in front for the 3-3 final.

Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson

“Definitely two points dropped. It’s a tie but feels like a loss. You’re on the road at a tough place to play against a very good team, and you put yourself in position to walk away with three points and in the blink of an eye, you let it slip away.

We’ve just got to learn to manage games better, you know, in situations like this because we don’t want to find ourselves come August, September, looking back thinking, man, we should have got three there, we should have got three there. These points are valuable points that we need to come away with, especially the ones we put ourselves in position to get them. It’s just mistakes and you know lack of concentration that once again has — you know, in two games now has put us into this position.”

Scoring Summary

NYR – Morgan (5) (penalty) 20′
CHI – Mueller (1) (Gutiérrez 2) 38’
CHI – Omsberg (1) (Durán 1, Shaqiri 4) 49’
NYR – Harper (1) 58’
CHI – Shaqiri (3) 89’
NYR – Klimala (4) (Fernandez 5) 90+1’

Stats Summary: NYR/CHI

Shots: 12 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Passing Accuracy: 72.4% / 77.3%
Saves: 3 / 1
Corners: 1 / 4
Fouls: 17 / 16
Offsides: 1 / 2
Possession: 43.1% / 56.9%

What’s On Tap Next for the Fire?

The Fire continue their three-game road trip when they visit reigning MLS Cup champions New York City FC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT on WGN-TV.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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