Johnson on target in US Major League

Paul Burrowes

Monday, September 03, 2012    

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JAMAICANS Ryan Johnson and Amani Walker found the back of the net Saturday night in US Soccer Leagues with contrasting results.

Twenty-seven-year-old Johnson scored in the 44th minute for his sixth goal in Major League Soccer for Toronto FC and ninth of the season in all competitions.

Sporting Kansas City won 2-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,481 in Kansas to lead the Eastern Conference with 50 points.

Collecting the ball on the edge of the penalty area, after slipping by Sporting defence when Robert Eckersley floated in a high ball, Johnson slotted in a left-footer past 'keeper Jimmy Nielsen into the lower right corner of goal.

After the break, Johnson with two goals in the Canadian Championship and one in the CONCACAF Champions League, nearly doubled the lead in the 49th minute when he struck the right post with a left-footed shot from outside the box.

Paulo Nagamura, however, equalised on the hour mark when he looped over keeper Freddy Hall's head, the 29-year-old Brazilian scoring his first goal of the season.

Second-half substitute Oriol Rosell finished off the match in the 87th minute when Chance Myer's final pass found him at the top right corner of the penalty area. His first-time shot got by Hall and rolled inside the far post for his first goal this season.

Toronto remain in cellar position (10th place) in the Eastern Conference with 21 points.

Meanwhile Walker, 22, netted his fifth goal in Minnesota Stars' 1-1 draw with San Antonio Scorpions in North American Soccer League (NASL) at the National Sports Center Stadium in Blaine, Minnesota.



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