Red Bulls midfielder Jared Stroud (8) and Fire defender Mauricio Pineda (22) go up for a header during the first half. Mandatory (Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – Whatever the odds of anyone, let alone Brian White, connecting for an equalizing goal in stoppage time on consecutive weekends is probably astronomical.
But then again, the Red Bulls aren’t complaining.
For the second successive game, White saved the Red Bulls from a defeat with a dramatic goal. This time they registered a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field as they extended their unbeaten streak to four games.
Last week, White’s late score gave the Red Bulls a 1-1 home tie with Orlando City SC.
The tying goal was scored during a chaotic scene in front of the Chicago goal two minutes into injury time. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth saved a shot as the rebound bounced in front of the Chicago goal. White managed to scramble toward the net and knocked in for his third goal this season.
The seventh-place Red Bulls (26 points) moved to 7-8-5, while the 11th-place Fire stayed below the playoff line at 5-8-6 and 21 points.
White’s heroics saved the Red Bulls’ blushes, as they squandered a 1-0 halftime lead.
Kyle Duncan’s third goal of the season lifted the Red Bulls into the lead in the 39th minute on a very nicely played team goal. Florian Valot passed to Jared Stroud, who found the right back. Duncan then cut back and powered a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth into the far left post.
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It was Duncan’s first goal since Aug. 20, when he tallied that controversial goal in the 1-0 win over New York City FC. City goalkeeper Sean Johnson bobbled the ball, which just landed over the goal line, according to the game officials’ ruling.
Six minutes into the second half, the Fire equalized. Boris Sekulic sent a left-wing cross into the box and Robert Beric, had a relatively easy tap-in from close range past keeper Ryan Meara for a 1-1 deadlock.
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Przemyslaw Frankowski gave Chicago a 2-1 edge in the 72nd minute. Robert Beric started the scoring sequence with a left-wing cross into the box that Fabian Herbers headed on target. Goalkeeper Ryan Meara made a fine save, deflecting the ball off the crossbar. A hustling Frankowski rushed in and tapped home a relatively easy goal while the Red Bulls backline reacted way too late.
It was Frankowski’s first goal in his 15th match this season.