Álvaro Saborío made a spectacular individual play to give RSL the lead in the 60th minute, but Kenny Cooper's goal 12 minutes later evened things up for the duration, a result that all but extinguished FCD's playoff hopes.
“He’s big-time, just big-time," said RSL head coach Jason Kreis about Saborio. "I thought he had a really nice night. Everything he did with the ball was fantastic – his touches, his holding [the ball] up for our players to get forward, the run he made and to get the play finished off was great. We’re really pleased with how he played, just in time to send him back to Costa Rica."
“I thought it was a lot of hard work," said midfielder Kyle Beckerman. "It was a tough game going down that early, but it was a good, good effort and wanted to kind of get back on the right track and something to build off of.”
With a starting lineup missing regulars Zach Loyd, David Ferreira and Cooper, FC Dallas had a different look about them. The changes nearly paid off early on – in the 10th minute, Jackson saw a headed chance glance off the left post and out.
The complexion of the game changed in the 17th minute when Abdoulie Mansally picked up a red card for late, hard tackle on Jackson, RSL's sixth red card of the season.
The ejection forced Kreis' hand as Lovel Palmer subbed in minutes later for Robbie Findley in order to keep a four-man backline, leaving Saborío as the lone forward up top.
“These guys are such good character guys – they don’t hide from something like that," Kreis said. "We came into the locker room, and the first thing he’s doing is apologizing to all his teammates. We all make mistakes and it was an honest mistake. He was just trying to make an aggressive play. Would I have liked to have him not do that? Sure, but hopefully next time we learn from it.”
From the moment Dallas gained the man advantage, they began attacking, and if not for the Nick Rimando's brilliance in the 34th minute, Dallas would have taken control with what was their best chance of the first half. However, the US international 'keeper made a spectacular kick save on Jackson as the Brazilian got the ball eight yards from goal and tried to one-time it on a feed from Fabián Castillo.
RSL came out with more energy to begin the second half, but after an initial flurry from the home side, Dallas again began asserting control with Cooper now in the game to add more numbers up top.
It all changed in the 60th minute when Saborío got on the end of a long, bouncing ball cleared up toward the Dallas area. The Costa Rica international fought off three Dallas defenders and won just enough space to one-time a fierce right-footed shot past a surprised Chris Seitz in the Dallas goal.
Dallas was stunned, but it only took them a couple of minutes to regroup and begin attacking again. In the 71st minute, the visitors made their final substitution and inserted Je-Vaughn Watson, a move that paid off just one minute later.
Watson beat Tony Beltran down the left wing and hit a ball across the middle that Rimando could only parry to Cooper, who took one touch before poking it into the back of the net.
Real (15-10-6, 52 points) next visit Portland on October 19 in their continuing bid for the Supporters' Shield and will have to do so without the services of playmaker Javier Morales, who picked up a yellow card in the 69th minute and will serve a suspension for accumulation.