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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 30 +35 62
2 New York City FC 29 +13 51
3 Chicago Fire 29 +15 48
4 Atlanta United FC 28 +26 46
5 Columbus Crew SC 30 0 44
6 New York Red Bulls 28 +5 42
7 Montreal Impact 29 0 39
8 New England Revolution 29 -6 35
9 Orlando City SC 29 -15 35
10 Philadelphia Union 29 -2 33
11 DC United 29 -26 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Vancouver Whitecaps 28 +6 45
2 Portland Timbers 30 +3 44
3 Sporting Kansas City 28 +13 44
4 Seattle Sounders FC 29 +7 44
5 San Jose Earthquakes 29 -16 39
6 Real Salt Lake 30 -8 38
7 Houston Dynamo 28 +7 38
8 FC Dallas 28 +1 38
9 Minnesota United FC 28 -22 29
10 LA Galaxy 29 -20 27
11 Colorado Rapids 28 -16 26

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