SANDY -- Never say die.
Down a goal, down a man, seven minutes deep in stoppage time, Real Salt Lake found a way to avoid defeat.
Midfielder Javier Morales stepped to the spot in the 97th minute and banked a penalty attempt off the right post and into the net to lift the Claret-and-Cobalt to a stunning 2-2 draw with Philadelphia on Wednesday night in yet another dramatic Independence Day-eve match at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"I've continued to believe. I'm the biggest believer in this group," Real boss Jason Kreis said. "My hat is off to them.
"I'm leaving right now. Four days totally away from the game."
Already trailing 1-0 after an early first-half goal from Philadelphia's Sebastian Le Toux, Salt Lake's job became even more difficult when outside defender Lovel Palmer received a questionable send off in the 59th minute after fouling former Ogden Outlaw Michael Farfan at the edge of the third.
Replays clearly showed minimal one-footed contact while both were going for the ball.
Instead of falling back on its heels, the turn of events galvanized Real Salt Lake going forward as the home side kept up repeated offensive pressure.
That pressure finally paid off in the 75th minute when midfielder Luis Gil, a 58th minute substitute, hit a powerful header off a corner kick from midfielder Javier Morales to level the scoreline at 1-1 and send the stadium into a frenzy.
It lasted mere seconds.
Union forward Antoine Hoppenot broke free down the right side and RSL defender Nat Borchers misplayed the ball defensively giving Hoppenot a clear pass to an unmarked Conor Casey 15 yards out and the veteran forward promptly put Philadelphia back in the lead.
Again behind the eight-ball, Salt Lake didn't shy away from its attack.
Repeatedly keeping possession against a Union side that seemed content to aggressively defend coming down the stretch, Real probed and prodded the Philadelphia defense looking for an equalizer.
Le Toux appeared ready to kill off any hope of a comeback in the 93rd minute when he broke free following a set piece with no defenders except RSL goalkeeper Josh Saunders behind him. Le Toux raced up the field, slowing near the third before finally unleashing a shot at goal.
It went right to Saunders, who stoned the attempt with authority and sent the attack back up the field.
"He made the play of the game right there," Real boss Jason Kreis said. "It was a big-time play with the game on the line."
With the referee's whistle still rapidly winding down, forward Joao Plata chipped the ball into the box where it struck the arm of Philadelphia's Ray Gaddis and the referee promptly pointed to the spot.
Morales fired the attempt trying to snake it inside the right post, but it instead struck the post and banked into the goal setting off a raucous celebration.
* FIRE 3, EARTHQUAKES 2: At Bridgeview, Ill., Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Patrick Nyarko and Dilly Duka also scored for the Fire (6-7-3).
On the winning score, Rolfe's second goal of the season came from about 8 yards out, set up by Mike Magee's pass between two defenders. About 12 minutes earlier, an own goal by Chicago's Loel Lindpere had tied the score.
Alan Gordon put the Earthquakes (5-8-6) ahead in the 14th minute, beating Chicago goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi on a header rebound after his first header caromed off the crossbar.
Duka tied it on a volley from 12 yards out in the 36th minute and Nyarko made it 2-1 on a low drive from 9 yards out in the 47th.
* SOUNDERS 2, D.C. UNITED 0: At Seattle, Obafemi Martins scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the season, and Michael Gspurning earned the shutout for Seattle.
Martins' first goal came at the end of the 19th minute. Eddie Johnson connected with Brad Evans on a give-and-go down the middle of the field, and Evans sent a long through ball toward the top of the penalty area restraining arc. Martins got behind United defender Ethan White, caught up with the ball, and sent a shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis to the back left corner.
His second came midway through second-half stoppage time, a 10-yarder from straight in front of the net.
Gspurning's shutout was his sixth of the season for the Sounders (7-5-3).
United (2-13-3) remained winless in eight road games this season (0-6-2), and was blanked for the 11th time.
* IMPACT 3, TORONTO FC 3: At Toronto, Hassoun Camara and Marco Di Vaio scored one minute apart in the second half to lift Montreal to a draw with Toronto FC.
Andres Romero also scored for Montreal (9-4-3), just 23 seconds after the opening kickoff.
Jeremy Brockie, Steven Caldwell and Darren O'Dea scored for Toronto FC (2-8-7).
* WHITECAPS 1, SPORTING KC 1: At Kansas City, Kan., Camilo Sanvezzo scored on a free kick just before halftime and Vancouver played to a draw with Sporting Kansas City.
The Whitecaps (7-5-5) snapped a three-match winning streak broken while extending their unbeaten stretch to four.
Aurelien Collin scored in the 35th minute on a putback of his own blocked shot for Sporting (7-5-6), which is unbeaten in its last three.
but has won just once in the last seven matches.
Sanvezzo tied it in the 45th as he put his dipping shot in the upper right corner for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Sporting had a chance to go ahead in the 76th, but Graham Zusi's low shot smacked off the left post after beating goalkeeper Brad Knighton.