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Sam Johnson, RSL mutually agree to termination of forward’s contract

Minnesota United midfielder Hassani Dotson (31) and Real Salt Lake forward Sam Johnson (50) compete for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)

Sam Johnson is no longer on Real Salt Lake’s roster.

The club announced Saturday that the forward and the organization mutually agreed to the termination of his contract. The club said in a statement that it would not comment further on the matter.

Johnson was under investigation by Major League Soccer for hosting at least one 100-person party at his home, which violates Utah’s COVID-19 protocols. A person was shot earlier this month at one of the parties, leading to his suspension by the club.

Johnson posted on his Instagram account soon after the announcement. He thanked the organization and his teammates.

“As of today, I ended my contract with @realsaltlake on mutual agreement,” Johnson wrote. “I want to thank @realsaltlake the staff, my teammates and all the amazing fans #TheRiot [heart emoji] and the @mls for the past 2 seasons. Great league @mls and country [American flag emoji]. I wish you guys all the best. It’s time for a new chapter in my career!”

Johnson has scored 10 goals for RSL since being signed to a Designated Player contract on Feb. 4, 2019.

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