Marcelo Silva scored in the 70th minute to offset a goal by Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero in the 57th as the Loons and Real Salt Lake played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.
Minnesota, playing without injured starters Ozzie Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez, gained a point in the MLS Western Conference standings but dropped from fourth place alone into a tie for fourth with San Jose, which beat Vancouver 3-1.
Both United and the Earthquakes have 34 points in 21 games and are in playoff position. Real Salt Lake is tied with Houston at 30 points for seventh place, the final playoff position.
Minnesota, which had just one shot and none on goal in the first half, scored off a corner kick. Jan Gregus sent the ball to the top of the box, where striker Mason Toye, who was starting for Rodriguez, headed it to the far post and Quintero headed it into the net.
Silva scored 13 minutes later on a half-volley from near the top of the box.
RSL’s Damir Kreilach missed a chance at a header in the 82nd minute, and Gregus rang a shot off the goal post in the 87th.
The Loons were outshot 9-7 and had only 37.5 percent possession.
Alonso, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, was replaced in the starting lineup by Hassani Dotson.
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