Colorado struck first against the run of play when Deshorn Brown opened his MLS account in the 37th minute.
Salt Lake was lifted by Alvaro Saborio’s 80th minute equalizer, but the home side was unable to convert a second and take the win.
Kyle Beckerman took Salt Lake’s first good chance at goal in the 3rd minute with a 23+ yard strike that sent Matt Pickens flying to deflect it over the bar. The resulting corner wasn’t converted into anything, though Pickens collided with Kwame Watson-Siriboe on the play and had to leave the match with a broken right forearm.
Colorado would get early chances as well. Drew Moor found Atiba Harris with a pass over the top of the back line in the 18th minute and found his forward inside the box wide open. Harris tried to one touch the shot, which skirted just wide of a diving Nick Rimando and the goal.
Harris threatened again from the left side in the 24th minute when he drove into the box and tried to beat Rimando near post. The 100-career-shutout man was able to make the save and keep the sheet clean.
Beckerman nearly got on the board in the 31st minute when a ball played over the top found Robbie Findley. The defense was able to catch up, but the stretched defense wasn’t able to account for the Real Salt Lake captain who made a trailing run and took a shot from outside the box. He missed just wide left of the goal.
Colorado eventually got on the board in the 37th minute when Chris Schuler had the ball stolen from him at the back by Deshorn Brown, who took a couple touches into the box and past Rimando to give his side the lead.
Sebastian Velasquez nearly got it back in the 44th minute when Alvaro Saborio was able to hold up possession in the box and eventually found him 18 yards from goal. The second-year midfielder put a strong hooking shot about a yard off frame.
In spite of both teams’ best effort, the first half ended with Brown’s strike as the lone goal.
The second half started with a couple hard fouls and few credible chances.
This changed in the 64th minute when a scramble in the box left Tony Beltran charging on an open ball 12 yards away from goal and hitting it hard at a charging keeper, who saved it off his face.
Saborio got another chance in the 70th minute when he danced with a ball over the top and found an opening to fire from 20 yards out. He got a bit too far under the bouncing ball and put it into the stands.
Saborio evened the match up in the 80th minute when he took a pass from Plata inside the right side of the box, and put it into the back of the net.
Saborio nearly did it again in the 83rd minute when Ned Grabavoy lobbed in a ball that Devon Sandoval flicked to his Costa Rican strike partner. Saborio took a shot that left the Colorado defense frozen but flew harmlessly over the bar.
Rimando was forced to make a few key saves in the final minutes to keep the match level, but the home side was unable to find a winning goal.