2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips (81')
  • Aleksandar Katai (30')
  • Nemanja Nikolic (69' PEN)

Chicago Fire snap New York Red Bulls streak as Richard Sanchez stars

HARRISON, N.J. -- Aleksandar Katai and Nemanja Nikolic scored and Richard Sanchez had a career-high nine saves to help the Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday.

Katai gave Chicago (2-3-1) a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Brandon Vincent's corner kick was headed away by New York's Aaron Long, but Katai drilled a rising left-footed volley from the top corner of the box into the net.

Sanchez -- a 24-year old with just two career starts coming into the season and who allowed eight total goals in the first three matches of the season -- had several acrobatic stops. He kicked away a shot Daniel Royer and then made a diving save of Alejandro Romero Gamarra's put-back attempt to preserve the lead in the 35th.

Nikolic converted from the spot in the 69th minute after goalkeeper Luis Robles took down Katai inside the area.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 81st -- his second goal in as many games and fifth this season -- for New York (3-3-0).

The Red Bulls had their 11-game unbeaten streak snapped.