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RSL drops points in imminently winnable match against Fire

Douglas C. Pizac-USA Today Sport

Real Salt Lake conceded a late goal against Chicago Fire to start a four-game home stand with a 1-1 draw in a match that marked the return of forward Alvaro Saborio to action.

Saborio opened the scoring in the 78th minute with a header that beat Sean Johnson, with Ned Grabavoy the provider with a fine cross. Sebastian Velasquez perhaps created the play, with his run at defenders opening space for Grabavoy to take the cross, and Saborio beat two defenders to send the ball into the top-left corner of the net.

Quincy Amarikwa fired an 84th minute shot home on a rather unmarked flying volley after a long throw-in from the Fire. Borchers was left marking two men — a fool's errand if there ever was one. Who exactly was supposed to marking Amarikwa is difficult to say.

From there, RSL always looked liable to maintain the draw. Despite this, Yordany Alvarez had a real opportunity with a far post header, but the ball ended flitting just wide.

The first half saw RSL and Fire trading relatively light blows, with the home side certainly on the ascendency but with little palpable gain from play emerging.

Saborio, who came off the bench to score his goal, reportedly suffered a re-injury of his quad, though initial suppositions from the player made it seem it wasn't too serious.

Carlos Salcedo saw his fourth start for the club, with Chris Schuler rested with injury and Kwame Watson-Siriboe not on the bench. The youngster played all 90 minutes and formed an effective partnership with Nat Borchers.