In a match that was played in a wide open (and sometimes sloppy) manner, the Chicago Fire were able to call on some timely finishing and some excellent goalkeeping to earn a second consecutive road victory, defeating the New York Red Bulls 1-0.
Chris Rolfe scored the lone goal of the match, chesting down a Logan Pause header and curling his strike past keeper Jon Conway in the 45th minute.
Despite playing a solid match and scoring the only goal, Rolfe did not
do enough to earn my designation as top Fire performer. Rather, goalie
Jon Busch was my Man-of-the-Match for the Fire this weekend. Busch,
who made 10 saves in the match, played fabulous, repeatedly denying the
Red Bulls attackers.
Busch was especially up to task late in the game, making a fantastic save off of a Danleigh Borman header right at the death.
Fire really have to feel good about today's result, as they were able
to prove that they can hold a lead late in the match (something that
they were consistently unable to do in their 5 game tie streak).
will now be looking forward to their high-profile matchup against
Chivas USA. The two conference leaders will face off Thursday at 9:30
(central time) on ESPN2.
What did you think about the match?
Impressed with Busch's performance? Has Rolfe proved to Hamlett that
he is a full time starter?
Speak up and post below.
you can expect some more coverage on today's match (player ratings will
be making another appearance) and Thursday's game later on in the week.