Chicago Fire 1, New York City FC 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap
CJ Sapong and Alexandru Mitrita scored 10 minutes apart in the first half as the Chicago Fireand New York City FC played to a 1-1 draw in Week 13 at SeatGeek Stadium.
The Fire jumped in front in the 30th minute on Sapong’s fifth goal of the season. Przemyslaw Frankowski played the ball into Brandt Bronico, who cut the ball back to Sapong at the top of the six-yard box. The forward's sliding finish put the Fire ahead 1-0.
The offside flag was raised initially, but the offside call was overturned following Video Review.
NYCFC leveled 12 minutes later through Mitrita, who made his first start since suffering an ankle injury in the first half of a 2-0 win at D.C. United back on April 21.
Maxi Moralez served up a short pass to Mitrita, who fired first time from 26 yards out past diving Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm, who was making his first MLS start in place of regular David Ousted.
Both teams hit the woodwork in the opening 30 minutes with Heber’s chip over Kronholm caroming off the crossbar in the 12th minute and Aleksandar Katai putting his ball over Sean Johnson’s left shoulder and off the far post nine minutes later.
Video Review again came into play just after the hour mark when referee Ramy Touchan originally pointed to the penalty spot after a foul by Raheem Edwards on Mitrita. It was determined after the review that the foul occurred just outside the box and Mitrita put his subsequent free kick off the Fire wall.