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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 21 +15 40
2 Chicago Fire 20 +17 38
3 New York City FC 21 +13 37
4 Atlanta United FC 20 +13 33
5 New York Red Bulls 20 +2 32
6 Columbus Crew SC 21 -1 31
7 Orlando City SC 21 -8 29
8 Montreal Impact 19 -2 24
9 Philadelphia Union 20 +2 23
10 New England Revolution 20 -1 23
11 DC United 21 -20 18

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 FC Dallas 19 +13 34
2 Sporting Kansas City 21 +10 33
3 Houston Dynamo 21 +7 32
4 Portland Timbers 22 +1 30
5 Seattle Sounders FC 21 +1 30
6 Vancouver Whitecaps 19 -3 27
7 San Jose Earthquakes 21 -11 26
8 Real Salt Lake 22 -14 24
9 LA Galaxy 20 -6 22
10 Colorado Rapids 19 -8 20
11 Minnesota United FC 21 -20 19

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