Originally written on Total MLS  |  Last updated 6/19/12

CARSON, CA - JUNE 15: Heath Pearce #15 of the USA looks on prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Barbados at the Home Depot Center on June 15, 2008 in Carson, California. USA defeated Barbados 8-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Streaks in sports come and go, whether it’s hitting, scoring, consecutive games won or lost, they all eventually end. Heading into the international break the Red Bulls carried an impressive six game unbeaten streak, amid injuries and suspensions, into Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire. With all but Philadelphia and Toronto picking up major points in the Eastern Conference, New York needed to do something they rarely do in Chicago: get a result. The Red Bulls streak not only ended but also crashed to the ground to start off a week of important games. New York is a team well known for scoring early but they received a taste of their own medicine when Chicago scored not four minutes into the match. Hans Backe had come out with a weird formation, playing Heath Pearce in a defensive midfield role with Dax McCarty in an advanced midfield role and Mehdi Ballouchy on the bench. Pearce, playing in a new role, right off kickoff seemed hesitant on who to pick up and when to pressu...
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