Abubakar’s stoppage-time goal helps Rapids tie Dynamo 1-1

Houston Dynamo midfielder Niko Hansen, right, clears the ball next to Colorado Rapids defender Sam Vines during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Commerce City, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Lalas Abubakar scored in stoppage time to help the Colorado Rapids tie the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Wednesday night.

Sam Vines lobbed an entry from nearly 40 yards out to Abubakar, who had slipped behind the defense, for a sliding finish from near the corner of the 6-yard box in the sixth minute of stoppage time. It was the first MLS assist for Vines, a 21-year-old homegrown defender.

Colorado (2-3-4) is unbeaten in its last three games but is winless since back-to-back victories to open the regular season.

Christian Ramirez tapped in a left-footer to open the scoring less than 20 seconds into the second half. Memo Rodríguez played a high entry from outside the area to the far post where Ramirez scored from point-blank range.

Marko Maric, a 24-year-old rookie who allowed four goals in a shutout loss to Sporting Kansas City on Monday, tied his season high with five saves for Houston.

Houston (3-2-5) is unbeaten in its last six games dating to a 2-1 loss at Portland on July 18.

The Rapids had 65.5% possession and outshot Houston 26-10.