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Six Alarm Fire: Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC

The first match between the Chicago Fire and New York City FC was a wild 4-3 thriller, but ended with an opening day loss for the Men in Red.

This time, things would surely be different.

ChicagoFireMattLampsonFire goalkeeper Matt Lampson kept his third consecutive clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with NYCFC, netting each team a single point and giving fans of defensive soccer the best show of the week.

NYCFC was clearly the better side throughout, as the boys from the Big Apple combined for 19 shots, eight of which were on goal. Compare that to the dismal attacking effort of Chicago, who only got off eight total shots, none of which were on target.

However, the 23,000 supporters who packed Yankee Stadium on Sunday night did not get the result they desired, as the stout play of Lampson and the Fire defensive unit prevented NYCFC from netting the go-ahead goal.

jonathan-campbell-chicago-fire-facebookThe Fire thought they had put the go-ahead goal in the back of the net at the hour mark when rookie defender Jonathan Campbell took a lazy header from Gilberto and put it past NYCFC keeper Josh Saunders; however, the goal was retracted when the referee called Johan Kappelhof offside.

The stellar play of Matt Lampson continues to impress, as the 26 year old recorded a career-high eight saves on the night, including two from Spanish mega-star David Villa.

Once again, the Fire attackers failed to put any pressure on the NYCFC defensive unit – the Fire have scored a combined two goals in their last four matches.

The Fire have accumulated six points on the young season and are holding on to the sixth and final playoff spot. The Fire are also tied for the second-most draws in MLS at three – only the New England Revolution have more draws at four.

Lampson looks to break the franchise record for longest time without allowing a goal next Saturday when the Fire host Didier Drogba and the conference-leading Montreal Impact, while stars David Villa and Andrea Pirlo are keen on stopping this streak of undesirable results with a win against bottom-dwellers Columbus Crew.

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