Alvaro Saborio picked a heck of a time to place his first touch in over three months for Real Salt Lake. The veteran forward scored on a header in the 77th minute to give Real Salt Lake the 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
The loss was FC Dallas's second straight and the first time since the month of May that the club has dropped two straight games.
FC Dallas looked to control the midfield in this game but were undone by mistakes and lack of form. Oscar Pareja placed four central midfielders on the field to start the game with hope to clog up the middle of the field. Instead the formation allowed Real Salt Lake to gain control of the match very early on.
RSL's first goal came at the half hour mark after bombarding FCD with nine shots up until that point. In the 31st minute, Robbie Findley took a rebound off one of the many RSL shots and scored the first goal of the game.
Changes to start the second half allowed FC Dallas some breathing room in this one as Tesho Akindele earned a free kick in the 62nd minute. Veteran midfielder Michel stepped up and sent a bending ball around a wall of RSL players to tie the game up.
But the visitors were undone in the 77th minute with Saborio's header on a corner kick from Javier Morales.
FC Dallas returns home next week to face the Vancouver Whitecaps. The club currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference with seven games remaining and an eight point lead over fifth place Portland.