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Fire settle for 2-2 tie at Minnesota

The team surrendered two second-half goals.

Minnesota United FC vs. Chicago Fire FC on Wednesday at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. Chicago Fore midfielder Gaston Gimenez, surrounded by Minnesota United players, controls the ball.  
Minnesota United FC vs. Chicago Fire FC on Wednesday at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. Chicago Fore midfielder Gaston Gimenez, surrounded by Minnesota United players, controls the ball.  
Chicago Fire FC

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jose Aja and Robin Lod scored in the second half and Minnesota United overcame a two-goal deficit to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Fire on Wednesday night at Allianz Field. The Fire remain winless on the road this season.

The Fire (5-9-8) are tied with Montreal for ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings with one game left. Minnesota United (8-5-7) stretched its unbeaten streak to seven games.

The Fire’s Robert Beric scored on a header off a cross from Przemysław Frankowski in the 17th minute for his 11th goal of the season.

Beric, who has nine goals in his last 12 games, is tied with the Columbus Crew’s Gyasi Zardes for second in the race for the Golden Boot. Beric also had an apparent goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, chesting in a corner kick at the far post, but he was ruled offside.

A botched clearance allowed Mauricio Pineda to score from close range in the 52nd minute for the Fire.

Aja scored off a set piece from close range, tapping a shot to the near post that beat goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 64th minute. Lod scored in a header off a cross from Romain Metanire in the 80th.

Shuttleworth and Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair each finished with five saves.

The Fire’s last game of the regular season is Sunday against visiting New York City FC.