ST. PAUL -- Jose Aja and Robin Lod scored 16 minutes apart in the second half as Minnesota United rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the visiting Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, Nov. 4.
Dayne St. Clair finished with five saves for the Loons (8-5-7, 31 points, 1.55 points per game), who benefited from a video review in stoppage time after Chicago scored an apparent game winner.
In the 92nd minute, Robert Beric knocked in a rebound of a Boris Sekulic header for the Fire, but the goal was waved off following the video review which determined Beric was offside.
Playoff-bound Minnesota extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (3-0-4), matching the team's MLS record, and retain a narrow chance at still earning a home game in the playoffs.
Beric and Mauricio Pineda scored goals for Chicago (5-9-8, 23 points, 1.05 points per game), but ultimately the Fire remained winless in 11 road games (0-6-5). Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves for Chicago, which needs a victory over New York City FC on Sunday on Decision Day at Soldier Field to earn an MLS Cup Playoff berth.
Chicago controlled most of the action in the first half and took a 1-0 lead on Beric's 11th goal of the season. The score was set up when Przemyslaw Frankowski spun around the right side of the box in the 17th minute and fired a cross that Beric headed into the near corner.
The Fire missed a chance to double their lead three minutes later when Beric set up Djorde Mihailovic for a shot in the middle of the box into a wide open left side of the net but Mihailovic's right-footed shot sailed high over the crossbar.
Yet, Pineda then made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute with his third goal of the season, pouncing on a poor clearance by Brent Kallman in the middle of the box and firing a right-footed shot into the right corner past a diving St. Clair.
Minnesota cut it to 2-1 in the 64th minute on Aja's first goal of the season when the defender deflected Emanuel Reynoso's curling free kick into the middle of the box past Shuttleworth.
Lod then tied it in the 80th minute with his seventh goal of the season on a header off a cross from the right wing by Romain Metanire.