SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored in the second minute of stoppage time to give the Chicago Fire a 1-1 tie with Real Salt Lake on Saturday in both teams' season opener.
Bakary Soumare's own goal in the 71st minute gave Real Salt Lake the 1-0 lead. Real Salt Lake's Dema Kovalenko whipped the ball into the penalty box and Soumare's attempted clearance went past goalkeeper Jon Busch into the net.
Real Salt Lake nearly scored again in the 82nd minute, but Busch saved Kovalenko's volley off a corner kick.
Real Salt Lake has never won an opener, having gone 0-1-2 in its three previous seasons.
Real Salt Lake had a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal in the first half. Chicago didn't get its first shot on goal until the 65th minute, when Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando saved Gonzalo Segares' shot.
That was the Fire's only shot on goal other than Blanco's score. Rimando stayed active, though, intercepting crosses and clearing the ball from danger. He collided with Chicago's Andy Herron in the 85th minute while punching the ball away.
Real Salt Lake finished with nine shots on goal and 17 total shots while the Fire had eight total shots.