New York Red Bulls claim Supporters Shield

Published Sunday, October 27, 2013 5:53 AM by William Montero
New York Red Bulls claim Supporters Shield

The New York Red Bulls got the win they needed on Sunday as they blasted the visiting Chicago Fire 5-2 in front of a sold out Red Bull Arena.  The win pushed them past Sporting Kansas City for the best record in Major League Soccer this year.

Despite grabbing an early lead through Mike Magee,  Chicago had little else to cheer.  It was destined to be a Red Bull day.  Thierry Henry tied the game and New York were on their way.  They found the net four times in the second half as they pulled away from the fading Fire.

"It's a great feeling," Henry told MSG after the match. "I want to dedicate the Supporters' Shield to all the fans. We know how much it means to them. They've been waiting a long time for this. It will be a night that we will remember."

The Supporters Shield is the first trophy earned by the club in their history.  They were the last remaining MLS side to not have a major trophy to their name.  The Supporters Shield also earns a berth in next year's CONCACAF Champions League.

The New York Red Bulls earn home field advantage through the entire playoffs with the opportunity to host the MLS Cup should they make it.  They'll await the winner of the Montreal and Houston Dynamo playoff matchup.