just minutes after Byron Foss had come on as a substitute for his MLS debut in place of injured Joe Cannon -- Christian Gomez surprised the young 'keeper when he whipped a free kick inside the near post from the left corner of the penalty area.
Then 10 minutes from the end, a terrific passing movement saw Dema Kovalenko take a nifty backheel and find Jaime Moreno in the area, whose cutback left a defender grabbing at air before he curled a pinpoint shot inside Foss's right-hand post.
At The Home Depot Center, the San Jose Earthquakes finished off their home-and-home sweep of Chivas USA -- but only under the cruelest of circumstances for the expansion team.
After a scrappy first half, Ramon Ramirez put Chivas into the lead seven minutes after the break when he bent home a free kick from well outside the area.
But the Earthquakes showed the kind of resolve that has characterized them all season, and pulled level eight minutes from the end when a corner kick was headed back across the face of goal to Danny Califf, who popped a header from almost on the goal line into an empty net just before getting a boot to the face for his effort.
Then three minutes into stoppage time, Alejandro Moreno rose up to hit for the match-winner with a diving header after Brian Mullan wriggled free on the right and sent in a cross to unmarked striker in the heart of the area.
At Pizza Hut Park on Sunday, FC Dallas ended their postseason drought and stopped their long winless run in MLS play while winning a league game at their new home for the first time, and left Real Salt Lake in even more trouble for their playoff aspirations.
Roberto Mina scored twice. He put the Hoops ahead in the 17th minute when Arturo Alvarez drew three defenders to him before looping a pass to the Ecuadorian, who turned and hammered a low drive from a poor angle off the underside of the bar and into the goal.
Then in the 52nd minute Mina was gifted the easiest of finishes, Bobby Rhine fending off a challenge on the right before rolling a low cross to a completely free Mina, who tapped into an open goal.
Real pulled a goal back two minutes later through local Dallas product Jamie Watson, whose flick-on header off a Melvin Tarley header from a corner skipped past FCD 'keeper Scott Garlick, but the Hoops held on for their first league win since June 29.
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