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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Joao Plata (26' PEN)
  • Jukka Raitala (55')

Montreal Impact's Jukka Raitala salvages draw with Real Salt Lake

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Real Salt Lake 1-1 Montreal: Playoff spots held (2:18)

Both Montreal and Real Salt Lake hold on to the final playoff spots in their respective conferences with a 1-1 draw on Saturday. (2:18)

Jukka Raitala countered Joao Plata's first-half goal with a long-distance strike after halftime to help the Montreal Impact force a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Raitala's goal wasn't enough to keep Montreal's winless streak from extending to four games. Plata's goal helped RSL extend its home unbeaten streak to 12 games.

Both teams have tallied three draws in their last four matches.

Salt Lake remains in sixth place in the Western Conference. Montreal is tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Impact had a 5-4 edge in total shots in the first half, but Salt Lake proved much more dangerous with the chances it created. RSL put three of those four shots on frame.

Their ability to put pressure on Montreal in the attacking third paid off in the 26th minute. Plata put Salt Lake on the board when he converted a penalty kick after drawing a foul from Ken Krolicki in the penalty area.

Montreal found an equalizer in the 55th minute. Raitala put the Impact on the board following a short corner kick. He latched onto the ball outside the top of the box and threaded a perfect shot inside the right post.

Salt Lake controlled possession 58 percent to 42 percent. Montreal made more of an impact on the offensive end. The Impact finished with a 13-9 advantage in total shots.

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POS Team GP GD PTS
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2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
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10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
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3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21