MLS Snapshot: Real Salt Lake 1-1 DC United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake were little more than 60 seconds from moving to within two points of the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race before 92 minutes of hard work were undone in a single moment, forcing Jeff Cassar’s side to settle for a 1-1 draw with D.C. United Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Juan Manuel Martinez scored the game’s opening goal, going it alone in the build-up, bringing the Argentine’s 2016 haul up to six goals and two assists (though you could easily credit him a third assist on the season for the creation of his own goal), but Jared Jeffrey equalized in the 92nd minute, claiming an unlikely point for the visitors to strengthen their hold on a playoff place — currently fifth in the Eastern Conference. Bill Hamid was the hero of the night, making seven saves to keep it a one-goal game until late on. With the two points dropped, RSL remain third in the Western Conference, four points back of the league-leading Colorado Rapids.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Hamid comes up big not once, but twice — When we lament that Hamid was injured prior to Copa America 2016, that the U.S. national team would have to pick between Brad Guzan and Tim Howard to start in goal, it’s not to slight the incumbent cue-balled ‘keepers; it’s because Hamid is a spectacular goalkeeper, and only 25 years old.

57′ — Martinez dinks over Hamid for 1-0 — When most other MLS attackers would fret over the finish, El Burrito is at his most calm. Oh, and the mazy dribble inside the box to create the chance for himself … not bad, either.

90′ — Jeffrey’s powerful header steals a point late — Fabian Espindola served it up, Jeffrey hammered it home.

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Man of the match: Bill Hamid

Goalscorers: Martinez (57′), Jeffrey (90′)