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FC Dallas picks up 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids

Atiba Harris helps FC Dallas escape Colorado with a point.

MLS: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas picked up a hard earned 1-1 draw on Saturday night against the Colorado Rapids.

Atiba Harris netted the lone Dallas goal in the draw that helped push them back over the playoff line in the Western Conference with two games to go.

Despite already being eliminated from playoff contention, the Rapids came out with plenty of energy and in the 15th minute found the early lead off a goal from Stefan Aigner. Josh Gatt helped set up the goal with a low cross from the wing that found Aigner wide open at the back post for the easy tap in.

Dallas looked to respond before halftime and in the 35th minute they had their best chance of the half thanks to Roland Lamah. He drove the ball up the wing and then passed it off to an overlapping Ryan Hollingshead who drove in a tough shot that went just wide of the net.

Jesse Gonzalez had to make a couple big stops in the second half including one in the 52nd minute on a header from Dominique Badji. Gonzalez dove the right way on the ball to help keep it a one-goal game.

Dallas found their equalizer only a couple minutes later in the 54th minute from Harris off a Javier Morales corner kick. The veteran midfielder sent in a perfect ball that found at the top of the six yard box to put it home.

The visitors continued to push for a go-ahead goal but failed to get a good enough chance on Zac MacMath’s goal. Maxi Urruti had four shots on the night including one in the 77th minute that tested MacMath but the keeper was good enough to keep the game level.

Dallas will return to the field next weekend as they head to Seattle to battle the Sounders in an important final road trip of the regular season.