After giving up its lead on an unchallenged header, Real Salt Lake salvaged a victory and three points by defeating the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
It’s the first time this season RSL has posted consecutive wins.
A Luis Silva score in the 34th minute put RSL (6-6-1, 19 points) ahead 1-0, which held until deep into the second half.
In the 75th minute, Houston’s Romell Quioto lifted a perfect volley into the box, where it met the head of a slicing Alberth Ellis, who headed the ball into the net unchecked to knot it at 1-1.
But RSL didn’t take long to answer.
After a shot from a hustling Joao Plata glanced off the side of Houston’s keeper in the 82nd minute, Sebastian Saucedo — who assisted Silva’s first-half goal — sent the ensuing corner through the box.
Damir Kreilach smoothly chested the ball forward, where a scrambling Kyle Beckerman nailed a sharp-angle, left-footed kick inside the far post to give RSL the lead.
Houston (5-4-3, 18 points) got one last look in the 86th when former RSL forward Luis Gil headed a shot toward an open net that was secured by a diving Nick Rimando.
RSL is back in action Saturday by hosting Seattle (2-6-2, 8 points), a team it beat 1-0 last week on the road.