The Red Bulls got their third draw in a row as they went 1-1 at Toyota Park against the Chicago Fire.
An early goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips had the team excited, but they just couldn't seem to maintain the energy and looked rather lethargic for the rest of the game - giving up possession to the Fire for most of it and being dispossessed on many occasions.
The Fire equalized in the middle of the second half but neither side were able to get a lead change after that.
The team now has seven days to rest before playing playing three games in one week and five games in just 14 days.
Here are the RBNY player ratings at the Chicago Fire:
Luis Robles - 6
Connor Lade - 5
Aaron Long - 7
Fidel Escobar - 6
Escobar continues to show that he deserves a spot in the starting lineup, so it will be interesting to see what the team does when Aurelien Collin returns to health.
Sal Zizzo - 6
Kemar Lawrence - 7
Tyler Adams - 7
It was another week where Adams played effectively pulling extra duty as a defender. He held his own against Dax McCarty too.
Felipe - 6
Alex Muyl - 4
Sacha Kljestan - 7
Bradley Wright-Phillips - 7 (Man of the Match)
Per MetroFanatic.com, #99 has now contributed 99 scores in MLS (83 goals, 16 assists).
Gonzalo Veron - 5
Muhamed Keita - 5
There was only a little time for Keita to come on and make an impact, but the team just didn't have the attacking chops to make anything happen.
Jesse Marsch seems to have mismanaged his subs again in this game, only using two in a game where there were multiple players who probably needed a rest or deserved a benching. His decision not to replace Sean Davis with an attacking player as a starter also may have cost the team a chance to make more of an impact.
Thankfully, the Red Bulls were able to manage a point from this game, and have played reasonably well on the road despite their weakened roster.
Next week the Red Bulls return to Red Bull Arena for a showdown with the Philadelphia Union before their mega-match at Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.