Klimala leads Red Bulls past Fire for 5th straight road win

May 1, 2022 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — Patryk Klimala scored two goals late in the second half and the New York Red Bulls became just the second team in MLS history to open a season with five straight road wins after rallying for a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Klimala netted the game-winner for the Red Bulls (5-2-2) on a penalty kick in the first minute of second-half stoppage time — taking his own shot after he was fouled in the box.

The Fire (2-3-4) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute and ended a 385-minute goal drought when Xherdan Shaqiri nailed a penalty kick after Ashley Fletcher was called for a handball in the box.

The Fire held the lead until Klimala scored the equalizer in the 75th minute. Chicago lost Jhon Duran to a second yellow card in the 79th minute, then watched Rafael Czichos leave for the same reason three minutes later — leaving the Fire two men down when Klimala nailed the game-winner.


Halftime was just three minutes long after an 80-minute weather delay in the first half.

The LA Galaxy opened the season with five straight road wins in 1996 and 1998.

The Red Bulls outshot the Fire 11-7 and had a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.

Carlos Miguel had two saves for the Red Bulls. Gabriel Slonina saved two for the Fire.


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.