Best Goals of 2012 #4: Nat Borchers v. FC Dallas, May 26

Nat Borchers and his late, desperate right-footed screamer against FC Dallas hits number four on our top 2012 goals countdown.

In 2012, Real Salt Lake had a penchant for scoring dramatic winners in stoppage time — I mean, not in the same way as, say, San Jose Earthquakes (something something Goonies, whatever), but the dramatics were exciting and invigorating, especially when they happened at home. Of course, there may have been a bigger problem if they were consistently needed,

For this goal, there's some pinging around in the box from a very long free kick in the 93rd minute (kudos, Jonny Steele), Dallas find clearing the ball exceedingly difficult, there's - maybe - a foul or something like it (committed by us, I suspect), and the ball finally comes to a little rest. Nat Borchers is there, sitting in a fantastically unmarked position as the ball sits down at his feet.

Exercising his finest striker's instinct in a spell of calm, Borchers slams the ball into the top right corner of the net, leaving no chance for FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to make a save of any sort. Fantastic.

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