COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Nate Jaqua scored in the 76th minute as the Seattle Sounders FC salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Jaqua’s second goal of the season from in close barely got past the reach of Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
Colorado’s Conor Casey had given the Rapids a 2-1 lead in the 47th minute. Casey and Jaqua were college teammates at the University of Portland.
Fredy Montero opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Seattle (4-2-4), which had played in three consecutive 1-1 draws and dropped to 1-0-4 in its past five matches.
Colin Clark scored in the 25th minute for Colorado (3-2-4), which moved to 1-0-3 in its past four overall and 2-0-2 at home this season.
Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller of Lacey brought a league-leading 0.41 goals-against average into the game.
Seattle was without star midfielder Freddie Ljungberg for a second consecutive match due to a migraine headache but the Sounders got defender James Riley back after serving a one-game suspension for a red-card violation.
The Sounders host a return meeting of the teams Tuesday at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.