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     === Shipp nets hat trick as Chicago holds on in nine-goal thriller ===
 
 Harrison,  NJ (SportsNetwork.com)  - Harrison Shipp struck for a hat trick and
 added  an assist on Saturday, leading the Chicago Fire to a nervy first win of
 the  season,  a wild  5-4 thriller  over the New  York Red  Bulls, at Red Bull
 Arena.
 
 Chicago  entered the match as the only winless team in MLS, but Shipp, the 22-
 year-old  rookie,  along with  goals from Quincy  Amarikwa and Patrick Nyarko,
 made sure the Fire came away with an unlikely three points.
 
 Bradley  Wright-Phillips  netted a hat trick  for New York and Tim Cahill also
 found  the back of  the net, but it wasn't enough over the course of a wild 90
 minutes as the Red Bulls' four-match unbeaten run came to an end.
 
 Shipp  opened  the scoring after  just four  minutes, but Cahill responded two
 minutes later to put the sides back on level terms before the 10-minute mark.
 
 The  Red Bulls took the lead in the 38th minute when Thierry Henry chipped one
 across  the  face of goal  and Wright-Phillips was there  to volley it home to
 take the advantage into the intermission.
 
 But  the Fire came  to life in the second half. Amarikwa beat his defender and
 nodded  a cross  from Jeff Larentowicz past New York goalkeeper Luis Robles to
 make it 2-2 in the 49th minute.
 
 The  Fire took the  lead through Shipp in the 54th minute and he completed his
 treble  four minutes  later to hand Chicago  a 4-2 advantage just prior to the
 hour mark.
 
 Nyarko  made it 5-2 in the 64th minute with a strike from the right flank that
 was  intended  as a  cross but  floated into the  top left  corner of the net,
 leaving Robles with no chance for a save.
 
 Wright-Phillips  hit for  his  second of  the  match in  the  67th minute  and
 converted a penalty kick 12 minutes from time to bring New York within 5-4.
 
 With  five  minutes of  stoppage time shown  and the game  wide open, New York
 threw  numbers forward  looking for  an  equalizer and  Wright-Phillips had  a
 chance  to  be a hero  as the ball  fell to him in  the penalty area with only
 seconds  remaining. But  his strike  was straight  at Chicago  goalkeeper Sean
 Johnson.
 
 The  result sees the Fire improve to nine points, while New York remains on 14
 points.
 
 
 05/10 21:12:27 ET

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