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Draw With Galaxy Puts Minnesota United In Playoffs

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Adrien Hunou and Robin Lob scored early for Minnesota United, which played to a 3-3 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night to make the playoffs. The Galaxy, on the other hand, were eliminated because of a dramatic win by Real Salt Lake.

Minnesota or Los Angeles would have secured a playoff spot with a win, but a tie would have been good enough as long as Real Salt Lake didn't win. But RSL scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time for a 1-0 win over Sporting KC, and forced the Galaxy into a must-win situation.

The Galaxy had three shots — two on goal — in the seven minutes of stoppage time.

Instead, Minnesota (13-11-10) goes into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Portland. Real Salt Lake secured the seventh and final spot with 48 points, the same as the Galaxy (12-13-19), but RSL had the goal differential tiebreaker.

Minnesota United FC v Los Angeles Galaxy
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 7: Adrien Hunou #23 of Minnesota United FC celebrates his goal during the match against Los Angeles Galaxy at the Dignity Health Sports Park on November 7, 2021 in Carson, California. The match ended in a 3-3 draw (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

Down 2-0 in the first half, Sebastian Lieget got LA a goal in first-half stoppage time.

Chicharito tied the game in the 51st minute and again the 75th minute, after the own goal in the 62nd.

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