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2017 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
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Johnson goal earns important victory for Orlando at Salt Lake

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RSL 0-1 Orlando: Lions' drought ends (1:39)

Real Salt Lake were haunted by their former star, Will Johnson, as Orlando City earned their first win since May 31. (1:39)

On his return to Real Salt Lake, where he was head coach from 2007-13, Jason Kreis saw his Orlando City SC side claim a 1-0 win thanks to a first-half goal from another man with connections to the Utah club, Will Johnson.

Orlando opened the scoring in the 17th when former RSL midfielder Johnson reacted quickest to a loose ball in the penalty area. The Canadian international forced home his second goal of the season after Jose Aja headed Kaka's left-wing free kick against the bar.

The home side struggled to create clear-cut opportunities. After 63 minutes, Luis Silva was played through on goal but a heavy first touch allowed Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik to parry the ball to safety. Twelve minutes later, Joao Plata curled a low free kick just wide.

With the win -- just its second on the road all season -- Orlando stays fourth in the Eastern Conference; Kreis' side is next in action on Wednesday when it hosts Toronto. A day earlier, RSL visits the LA Galaxy; Mike Petke's men remain 10th in the west, having now lost 12 of its 19 games this season.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Toronto FC 34 +37 69
2 New York City FC 34 +13 57
3 Chicago Fire 34 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 -8 45
8 Philadelphia Union 34 +3 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -6 39
10 Orlando City SC 34 -19 39
11 DC United 34 -29 32

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portland Timbers 34 +10 53
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +13 53
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 +1 52
4 Houston Dynamo 34 +12 50
5 Sporting Kansas City 34 +11 49
6 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -21 46
7 FC Dallas 34 0 46
8 Real Salt Lake 34 -6 45
9 Minnesota United FC 34 -23 36
10 Colorado Rapids 34 -20 33
11 LA Galaxy 34 -22 32

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