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Red Bulls beat Fire for fifth straight season-opening road win

CHICAGO — Patryk Klimala scored twice late in the second half and the New York Red Bulls became only the second team in MLS history to open a five-win season after beating a 2-1 on Saturday Chicago Fire had won.

In the first minute of added time in the second half, Klimala scored from the penalty spot to make it 5:2:2 for the Red Bulls – with a shot of his own after a foul in the penalty area.

The Fire (2-3-4) took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, ending a 385-minute goal drought when Xherdan Shaqiri scored a penalty after Ashley Fletcher was called for a handball inside the box.

The Fire held the lead until Klimala equalized in the 75th minute. Chicago lost Jhon Duran to a second yellow card in the 79th minute and then watched as Rafael Czichos left three minutes later for the same reason – leaving the two-man fire as Klimala pinned the winner.

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

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

The Red Bulls shot against the fire 11:7 and had a 4:3 lead on goals.

Carlos Miguel made two saves for the Red Bulls. Gabriel Slonina saved two for the fire.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/01/red-bulls-nip-fire-for-history-tying-fifth-straight-season-opening-road-win/ Red Bulls beat Fire for fifth straight season-opening road win

JOE HERNANDEZ

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