COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Trailing by a goal at halftime, Oscar Pareja made a request of his team.
"We were behind by a goal and hadn't played badly," the Colorado Rapids coach said. "We needed to take more control of the tempo."
The Rapids did just that.
Jaime Castrillon scored the tying goal in the 70th minute and the Colorado Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
"I am proud of the team for the way they responded," Pareja said. "The boys showed what they are made of in the second half."
Castrillon's goal off a header was his first of the season. Deshorn Brown added a goal for Colorado (9-7-8).
The Rapids are 4-0-3 in their past seven games after a 0-4-1 stretch.
Midfielder Atiba Harris left in the first half with a right quad injury. The Rapids were already without Hendry Thomas, who served the first of a two-game suspension after receiving a second yellow card in last week's game with Los Angeles.
The game was halted for an hour and two minutes in the first half due to lightening in the area. Several downpours of rain made for difficult field conditions.
"The weather really didn't bother us," Brown said. "We were concentrating so much on getting the three points."
Alvero Saborio and Ned Grabavoy scored goals for Real Salt Lake (11-7-5).
Real Salt Lake maintained a three-point lead over Colorado for first place in the Western Conference.
"That was the most critical part of the game," Real Salt Lake Robbie Findley said. "We would have liked to have come out of here with three points, but we are glad we came out of this with a point."
Real Salt Lake scored a minute and 20 seconds into the game when former Rapids player Kyle Beckerman found Grabavoy in front of the left post. Grabavoy easily beat Clint Irwin for his fifth goal of the season.
Brown got the equalizer for the Rapids in the ninth minute with his sixth goal. Brown outmuscled Nat Borchers for the ball inside the scoring zone and lofted a kick over goalkeeper Nick Rimando into the net.
Findley drew a penalty kick when was hauled down by Colorado defender Drew Moor in the 21st minute. The kick was delayed when play was halted due to lightening in the area.
When play was resumed, Saborio converted the penalty kick in the 21st minute. Irwin had no chance on the ball that whistled past his right hand.
Irwin showed his frustration by shoving Saborio to the ground after the goal, earning a yellow card.
Rain continued to fall at a steady rate throughout the second half.
Rimando made two saves on shots in the 53rd minute. The second was made on Castrillon with Rimando on his knees.
Colorado went on the offensive for the winning goal.
Castrillon got behind the Real Salt Lake defense and Christopher Klute found him with a cross. Castrillon sent a header past Rimando.
"I was thought it was great the way we came out and scored our first goal and then got the lead on the penalty kick," Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kries said. "And then we had the really bad play between two experienced players."
Sam, who entered in the 60th minute with the score tied at 1, assisted on Fabian Espindola's go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute and then made it 3-1 in the 69th with a counterattack goal.
Steele also had a goal and an assist for the Red Bulls (11-7-5), who extended their unbeaten streak to four and moved two points ahead of Kansas City (10-7-6) in the East.
Kei Kamara had a goal and an assist for Sporting K.C.
Steele put New York up 1-0 in the 27th minute, but Kamara equalized in the 45th.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles stopped Soony Saad's header, but Kamara was there to put in the rebound.
Kamara also assisted on Dom Dwyer's first MLS goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, pulling Sporting within 3-2.
* FIRE 2, UNION 1: At Chester, Pa., Mike Magee scored his league-leading 14th goal in the 75th minute to lift the Chicago Fire over Philadelphia.
Magee scored a goal in his third straight game and has eight goals in 10 games since coming to the Fire from the L.A. Galaxy.
Patrick Nyarko also added a goal and an assist for the Fire, who improved to 8-9-4.
Chicago is 2-0-1 in its past three games and got even for two previous losses to the Union this season.
Nyarko's goal in the ninth minute gave the Fire a 1-0 lead.
Sheanon Williams tied the game at 1 in the 60th minute when he finished a cross off a free kick by Sebastien Le Toux. It was Le Toux's league-best 10th assist.
The Union had been 2-0-1 in their previous three games. They fell to 5-3-4 at home and 9-7-7 overall.
Chicago improved to 4-5-1 against the Union.
* DYNAMO 3, CREW 1: At Houston, Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Cam Weaver scored and the Houston Dynamo extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a win over Columbus.
Davis put the Dynamo (9-6-6) ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute converting the penalty kick inside the near post.
Houston earned the penalty kick when Giles Barnes had a short breakaway in the box before being taken down from behind by Chad Marshall, who was given a yellow card.
Bruin extended the lead to 2-0 in the 31st minute, taking an Oscar Boniek Garcia pass at the top of the box and sending a right-footed shot inside the near post.
Columbus (6-11-5) cut the lead to 2-1 on an own goal by Houston's Kofi Sarkodie in the 75th minute.
Columbus' Kevan George played the ball into the box for Ryan Finley. But before Finley could get a shot off, Sarkodie played the ball back and inside the near post.
Weaver upped the Dynamo's lead to 3-1 in the 85th minute as Garcia played a ball into the upper box that Bruin laid off to Weaver, who sent a shot inside the near post.
Columbus, which has lost three in a row, nearly tied it at one in the 12th minute on a Jairo Arrieta shot from the upper center box, but Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall came off his line to make a kick save.
* Earthquakes 2, Chivas USA 0: At Santa Clara, Calif, Chris Wondolowski scored twice in his return from playing on the U.S. national team, breaking a nearly three-month league drought and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Chivas USA 2-0.
Wondolowski headed home a ball to the upper reaches of the far corner in the 45th minute for his first league goal since May 8.
The reigning league MVP, who scored five times during the United States' victorious Gold Cup run, followed that up by pouncing on a loose rebound in the 87th minute.
San Jose (8-9-6) extended its winning streak to three matches to edge back into the Western Conference playoff race. The Quakes are unbeaten in 11 home matches.
Chivas USA dropped to 4-13-5 overall and are winless in their past 10 road games.