By Mary Cunningham

The Union had to settle for a point when they needed two last night to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Tyrone Mears scored in stoppage time to give Atlanta United a 2-2 tie with the Union (8-12-7), who are at 31 points, five behind the last playoff team, Atlanta.

Mears beat goalkeeper Andre Blake with a header from 16 yards.

Roland Alberg opened the scoring for the Union in the 18th minute, setting a pass from Giliano Wijnaldum off his chest and punching it past the diving goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Five minutes later, off Alberg’s corner, Jack Elliott set up captain Alejandro Bedoya for a goal on a bicycle kick. Atlanta (10-8-6) pulled within one three minutes later on Yamil Asad’s goal.