Sam Johnson’s Fifth MLS Goal Not Enough to Rescue Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake might be struggling to maintain a perfect form in the 2019 Major League Soccer season but their Liberian striker, Sam Johnson, is continuing to justify why he is a designated player by continuing to score goals.

The 26-year-old striker scored his fifth goal, but he was unable to help his team avoid a defeat away at Canadian-based club, Impact de Montreal. Real Salt Lake had won three consecutive games prior to the match against Montreal and were hoping to continue their winning form to keep alive their hopes of grabbing a place for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

However, they stumbled to a 2-1 defeat at the Stade Saputo in Montreal. The two sides battled to a goalless draw until the stoppage time in the first half when Montreal ensured they go to the break with a lead. Omar Zuniga got the goal that separated the two teams as they went for the break.

Back from the break, it was Montreal that got a goal again as things got difficult for Sam Johnson’s Real Salt Lake. French midfielder Saphir Taider scored from the penalty spot to double Montreal’s lead and Real Salt Lake needed two goals to get at least a point away from home. They failed to pull a goal back until the 84th minute when Sam Johnson scored their consolation.

The defeat leaves Real Salt Lake seventh on the western conference table with 19 points from 15 games. Meanwhile, Sam Johnson remains tied with Slovakian midfielder Albert Rusnak as the club’s highest goal scorer this season with five goals.

Featured photo courtesy of Real Slat Lake.

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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