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Johnson plays 90 in return from ankle sprain

Lehi — Real Salt Lake's Will Johnson, playing his first game since suffering an ankle sprain during international duty for Canada two weeks ago, played 90 minutes during Saturday's 1-1 tie with Portland at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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Not only did the Johnson put in the full game, but also had two scoring chances on the end of the 18-yard box.

The ankle felt fine, except, "For match fitness in the second half," he said. "I was fading a little bit more than I usually do."

RSL coach Jason Kreis said the injury healed much fastest than anticipated. Johnson apparently put in a good week of practice leading up to Saturday's game.

"He's a player that means a lot to us," Kreis said. "The energy he brings and the amount of ground he covers is definitely really important."


Third seed RSL hosts No. 2 seed Seattle at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday at 8 p.m. The two teams play again Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. (MT).

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