SANDY -- Say what you will about Real Salt Lake's performance on Saturday night, but you can't say they don't know how to put on a show.
Central defender Nat Borchers, wearing the captain's armband during Kyle Beckerman's absence for U.S. national team duty, put the finishing touches on thrilling home result when he smashed home an eight-yard left-to-right rocket in the third minute of stoppage time, lifting RSL to a 3-2 victory over rival FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium.
"It was a relief to get that last goal," Borchers said. "We gave up a couple of goals that we don't normally give up. It was just fortuitous that the ball came to me, and I was able to get a hit on it."
Borchers tally set off one of the most raucous sideline celebrations Real has seen this year, as he spun from his shooting position in the box and charged back to leap into the arms of his teammates and coaching staff on the bench.
"I'm really, really pleased for Nat tonight to get that goal," RSL boss Jason Kreis said. "He is our captain and leader right now."
The match probably never should have been as close as it was, Kreis was quick to credit Dallas for fighting hard to the end.
"It felt like we were close, but just not quite there," Kreis said. "Maybe a step here or there, a foot here or there, but we were just a little off. In the end, I'm pleased to secure the three points."
After seeing the match scoreless for nearly 60 minutes, Real charged into the lead in when outside defender Terukazu Tanaka, making his first career start in the MLS, floated a cross out of the deep right corner to striker Alvaro Saborio, who headed it in on the back corner for the 1-0 advantage.
With RSL seemingly in complete command with the one-goal advantage, things took a wild turn over the final 15 minutes of regulation and stoppage time.
First up was a shot by Dallas' Matt Hedges that RSL goalkeeper Kyle Reynish parried out at the goal line, but the assistant referee signaled that the ball had crossed and suddenly it was 1-1.
It took Real Salt Lake all of 50 seconds to return fire.
Driving down the far sideline, substitute Jonny Steele and Ned Grabavoy teamed up to feed Saborio, who it a glancing shot that snaked in the near post to put RSL back in front 2-1.
Dallas, however, wasn't done yet, and forged a 2-2 tie in the 85th minute when Blas Perez's shot blistered off the glove of Reynish and into the net.
"It's frustrating to keep giving up leads; we've done it a couple of times this year," Grabavoy said. "It's something that we need to work on. We got the result though, which is the most important thing."
With the win, RSL moved to 9-3-2 (29 points) and further extended the best start in franchise history, as the Utah side heads into a three week break from Major League Soccer competition due to the FIFA international window. Real, however, won't be completely dormant as it will host the Minnesota Stars FC on Tuesday in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kickoff of that match is set for 7 p.m.
* TORONTO FC 1, UNION 0: At Toronto, Toronto FC ended its MLS record nine-game losing streak to open a season with a win over Philadelphia on a late goal by Danny Koevermans.
Nick Soolsma outmuscled a Union defender in the box and fed the ball to Koevermans at the near post. The big Dutch striker's first attempt bounced off goalie Chris Konopka, but he scored on with his second try.
Koevermans came into the game in the 62nd minute, his third substitute appearances in four games since returning from a groin injury.
Toronto entered the game off a win against the Vancouver Whitecaps that game the club a fourth straight Voyageurs Cup as Canadian champion.
Toronto has a three-week break due to the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
Philadelphia played without goalie Zac MacMath (concussion symptoms) and Chase Harrison (ankle sprain).
Toronto is 1-9-0; Philadelphia is 2-7-2.
* DYNAMO 2, GALAXY 1: At Houston, Andre Hainault's goal in the 57th minute gave the Dynamo a victory over David Beckham and the Galaxy.
Hainault scored to break a 1-all game on a header off a corner kick by Brad Davis. He headed the ball from the near post to the inside far post.
The Galaxy took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Edson Buddle in the 10th minute. Houston tied it in the 38th minute on an own goal by LA's Mike Magee. A shot by Houston's Brian Ching went off the crossbar, then bounced off Magee in front of the goalmouth and into the net.
Beckman missed two good scoring chances. A 30-yard free kick in the 51st minute was knocked over the crossbar by goalie Tally Hall, and his 25-yard free kick in the 83rd minute also was knocked away by Hall.
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane did not play for the Galaxy; Geoff Cameron missed the game for the Dynamo.
* UNITED 3, REVOLUTION 2: At Washington, substitute Maicon Santos scored the winning goal in the second half in Eastern Conference-leading United's victory over the Revolution.
Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald scored in the first half for United (8-4-3). The Washington club is unbeaten in its last eight home matches, winning its last five.
Saer Sene and A.J. Soares scored early in the second half for the Revolution (4-7-1).
* CREW 2, FIRE 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Eddie Gaven scored Columbus' first goal and assisted on the second by Emilio Renteria as the Crew defeated the Fire.
Gaven scored from 19 yards in the 9th minute with a low shot inside the left post for Columbus (5-4-3), which has won two straight and is 3-0-2 in its last five.
Gaven helped make it 2-0 in the 43rd by passing to a posting Renteria, who shirked defender Austin Berry and put the ball into the left corner of the net.
Berry got a measure of revenge when he headed in a service by Daniel Paladini in the 72nd minute for Chicago (5-4-3).
The Fire's Sean Johnson made saves on Renteria in the 80th and Nemanja Vukovic in the 81st minutes to keep the match close.
* UNITED STATES 5, SCOTLAND 1: At Jacksonville, Fla., Landon Donovan returned to the U.S. national team following an eight-month absence and scored his first international hat trick in five years, leading the Americans over Scotland 5-1 in an exhibition game Saturday night.
Donovan beat goalkeeper Allan McGregor on the rebound of his own initial shot in the third minute, then added goals in the 60th from a Jermaine Jones layback and in the 65th off a Michael Bradley pass. Donovan raised his career total to 49 goals with his third international hat trick and made an American record 125th international start, one more than the previous mark set by defender Jeff Agoos from 1988-03.
Donovan scored four goals against Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July 2003 and had three against El Salvador in a March 2007 exhibition.
On the sixth anniversary of his national team debut, Bradley scored on a spectacular 30-yard, right-footed half-volley in the 10th minute. Jones got his second international goal in the 70th off an assist from Donovan, who had skipped eight matches because of injuries and commitments to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Scotland scored in the 15th minute when American defender Geoff Cameron chested Kenny Miller's header past Tim Howard for an own goal.
The U.S. has won five straight following an 0-4-1 start under coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who replaced Bob Bradley after the 4-2 loss to Mexico in last year's Gold Cup final.
Scotland lost by four goals for the first time since a 4-0 defeat at Norway in a World Cup qualifier on Aug. 12, 2009.