The New York Red Bulls had just one shot on target against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, but that was all the Red Bulls needed.
Mike Grella scored on the Red Bulls' only shot on target in the 58th minute and that goal stood as the game-winner in a 1-0 game at Red Bull Arena.
A Jonathan Campbell back pass was intercepted by Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips just outside the box. Within two passes Mike Grella was all alone in front of Sean Johnson and Grella scored.
Despite dominating possession, the Red Bulls (4-7-1, 13 points) weren't able to test Johnson, who made his first start of the season. The Fire (1-5-4, 7 points) had just 35.3 percent of the possession and had less than 30 percent at halftime.
With David Accam making his first start since March 11, the Fire tried to play on the counter. Kennedy Igboananike and Joey Calistri joined him in the attack and the trio was able to create some chances, but the Fire had just two shots on target.
Johnson, Accam and Calistri were three of the five changes in the starting lineup from coach Veljko Paunovic. Accam returned from injury Saturday in New England, but came off the bench. On Wednesday, he played 72 minutes before Gilberto replaced him.
In addition, Rodrigo Ramos and Razvan Cocis moved into the starting lineup. Arturo Alvarez, Michael Harrington, Matt Polster, Gilberto and Matt Lampson were the five who started in New England that did not against the Red Bulls. In the case of Polster and Harrington, both were not even included on the bench to give them rest after minor injures in the New England game.
The only shot on target for either team in the first half was a Razvan Cocis header that Luis Robles easily saved. Accam had the best chance of the half when he unleashed a 35-yard strike following a short free kick that hit the crossbar.
The loss marked the end of the Fire's three-game road trip. All three were losses. The Fire return home Saturday against the Houston Dynamo, which sit in last place in the Western Conference.