Johnson’s goal hands RSL first MLS win in over a month

Sep 1 2012 - 10:36pm


SANDY -- The return to form continues for Real Salt Lake.

Overcoming an 83-minute lightning storm delay, Real notched its third consecutive clean sheet on Saturday night, locking down D.C. United 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Midfielder Will Johnson provided the offensive heroics in a match that the Utah side desperately needed to win, knocking home a cross just off the goalline in the 49th minute to get the 20,334 that braved the elements up on their feet.

Real, which snapped a four-match winless streak in league play, moves to 14-10-4, with its 46 points moving it ahead of Seattle and Los Angeles, and into sole possession of second place on the Western Conference table.

Saturday's match kicked off at the normal 7 p.m. start time, but was near-immediately halted in the fourth minute after visible lightning strikes in the area. It was delayed for 83 minutes before resuming under intermittent rain shower for the rest of the evening.

"It's always tough to deal with a delay like that," RSL boss Jason Kreis said after the final whistle. "The guys did a good job to stay focused."

D.C. United, playing its fifth match in 14 days, showed no signs of being weary as it pushed the tempo of the match at a rapid end-to-end pace from the start.

United finished the match even in shots with Salt Lake, but couldn't break through a determined effort by the RSL defense.

The shutout was the third consecutive for Real, as the Utah side hasn't allowed goal since FC Dallas scored a dramatic game-winner deep in stoppage time on Aug. 18.

About the only downside during the match was Chris Wingert's 71st minute caution, which will see him suspended for Thursday's road match at Houston due to caution accumulation.

* SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, TORONTO FC 1: At Kansas City, Kan., Oriol Rosell scored his first MLS goal in the 87th minute, lifting Sporting Kansas City over Toronto FC.

Paulo Nagamura had a goal and an assist for Sporting (15-7-5), which moved into a tie for the overall points lead with San Jose. Kansas City is 4-0-1 over its past five matches, while Toronto (5-16-6) is winless in its last seven.

* REVOLUTION 0, UNION 0: At Foxborough, Mass., Matt Reis had seven saves to help New England play to a scoreless draw with the Philadelphia Union, extending the Revolution's winless streak to a franchise-record 10 games.

New England (6-14-7) has not won since beating New York on July 8, going 0-7-3 since to drop from sixth to ninth in the standings. The Revolution were also shut out for the 10th time, tying the franchise record set last year.

Zac MacMath made three saves for the Union (7-13-4).

* CREW 2, IMPACT 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Emilio Renteria scored in the third minute of stoppage time to lift Columbus over Montreal.

Renteria entered the match in the 77th minute and received a pinpoint pass by Federico Higuain from the left flank and scored from 12 yards out to give the Crew (12-8-6) their fourth straight win.

Montreal (12-14-3) appeared headed for its sixth straight win when Marco Di Vaio chipped a ball over goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to break a tie.

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