SPLIT – The next stop during a difficult week on the road for the New York Red Bulls is a place where they have never won.
New York (5-3-8) will play its third game in eight days, a stretch that began with last Sunday's 3-3 draw at Portland. Henry was sent off in controversial fashion after he patted Timbers midfielder Adam Moffat on the back of the head a few times after helping him from up from a tumble.
Moffat said appearances were deceiving and Henry popped him hard, twice. The Red Bulls issued a statement condemning the red card, and were fined $10,000 by the league Friday for publicly criticizing a game official.
Henry was suspended for Thursday's 4-2 loss at Seattle. New York rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game before yielding two second-half goals as its six-game unbeaten run ended.
"To score two goals in Seattle, that should have been a win, or at least get a point. It's disappointing," midfielder Dane Richards said. "Once we got to 2-2, we had momentum and we tried to go for the win or at least get a point, but we gave up a set play again."
New York is 0-5-2 all-time at Toyota Park. Its last road win over Chicago was a 3-0 victory at Soldier Field on May 14, 2005.
The Fire (2-4-10) continue to play excellent defense under coach Frank Klopas, who replaced Carlos de los Cobos on May 30. Chicago has conceded one goal in going 1-0-4 under Klopas after Wednesday's scoreless draw with Real Salt Lake.
Keeping another clean sheet against the Red Bulls, who have 26 goals to lead the Eastern Conference, won't be easy.
"Their whole team's good," Fire defender Cory Gibbs said. "Their whole team attacking-wise, you have key names like Henry, (Dwayne) De Rosario, (Joel) Lindpere's an exceptional player for me and Dane Richards. All their attack is good so they're going to come with a lot of firepower."
The Red Bulls' defense has been poor on this road trip, particularly its inability to stop set pieces. Seattle scored three goals off corner kicks Thursday.
"You feel that it was too much," coach Hans Backe said. "We have conceded 20 goals, and 13 of them have been from set plays. That has to be stopped."
Chicago has scored twice in its five matches under Klopas. The Fire have drawn their last five home games, and no team has more than their 10 draws.
"Always at home you want to push for three points, especially considering how close the standings are in the Eastern Conference right now," goalkeeper Sean Johnson said.