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May 18, 2016
New Yorks rule

Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates his game-winning goal against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
Red Bulls forward Mike Grella celebrates his game-winning goal against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
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TORONTO--New York City FC took sole possession of first place in the MLS East with Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Kwadwo Poku staked NYC to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, and goalkeeper Josh Saunders made six saves to hold the Reds to a single goal -- Will Johnson's 42nd-minute equalizer -- despite their seven shots on target.

Poku delivered the win with a spectacular curling shot into the far right corner over the outstretched right arm of goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Saunders fended off an early breakaway by Sebastian Giovinco and got some help from defender Jason Hernandez, who headed Tsubasa Endoh's shot out of harm's way in the 29th, but was unable to keep Johnson from leveling the score. Mo Babouli started the scoring sequence with a looping ball from the right to Josh Williams at the left post. The former NYC FC player slid and sent a short pass to Johnson, who was alone in front and slipped it into the net.

Saunders slapped away Giovinco's dangerous free kick two minutes into stoppage time to preserve the draw.

NYC improves to 4-3-5 and 17 points, one more than second-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference. Toronto (4-4-3, 15) are tied on points with third-place Philadelphia.
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HARRISON, NJ--Mike Grella's goal in the 58th minute snapped a scoreless tie and lifted the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the reeling Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night.

The win lifted the Red Bulls (4-7-1, 13 points) from eighth place into a tie with D.C. United and New England Revolution in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

The last-place Fire (1-5-4, 7) hasn't won in 30 consecutive road matches.

The Red Bulls took advantage of a turnover by Jonathan Campbell to score the game's lone goal. Bradley Wright-Phillips stripped Campbell of the ball and raced down the right side before he sent a back-heel pass to Lloyd Sam in the middle. Sam squared a pass to Grella on the left side of the penalty area and the Glen Cove, N.Y. native drilled a shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson for his team-high fourth goal of the season.

David Accam came closest for the hapless Fire, cracking a shot off the bar in the 30th minute.
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