RSL rides PK, stingy defense to home win over Impact

RSL rides PK, stingy defense to home win over Impact

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RSL rides PK, stingy defense to home win over Impact

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Real Salt Lake did not make the same mistake twice.

In the club's first home game since dropping a shock result to Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake took care of business Wednesday night, defeating the expansion Montreal Impact 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

RSL was awarded an early penalty to jump out to the lead. Jonny Steele's cross after a Kyle Beckerman corner kick was headed by Will Johnson and handled by Salt Lake native and Impact striker Justin Braun, marking the third straight game in which Montreal has conceded a penalty.

Paulo Jr. stepped to the spot and buried the penalty past Donovan Ricketts — who made a couple of top-notch saves to keep Montreal in the game — to account for the game's lone goal and his first in almost a year. 

RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando and a defensive effort spearheaded by centerbacks Jamison Olave and Chris Schuler took care of the rest, silencing a resilient Impact side that maintained pressure until the final whistle but could not find the equalizer. 

The match wasn't all positive for RSL, which announced afterward that Javier Morales suffered a pulled hamstring and Ned Grabavoy played the end of the match with a broken rib. More information about their statuses going forward is expected later in the day.

Here are the match highlights:

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