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RSL's win over Chivas dwarfed by Morales' injury

May 7, 2011 - 11:24 PM Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Will Johnson scored in the 87th minute as Real Salt Lake escaped with a 1-0 win over nine-man Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, but Javier Morales' horrific injury overshadowed the victory.

Morales, Real's star midfielder, was stretchered off in the first half after a foul from Chivas' Marcos Mondaini resulted in an obvious broken leg or ankle. Morales remained on the field for nearly five minutes before being taken off.

Johnson secured the win for Real (5-1-0) three minutes from time when he poked the ball inside the right post from just a yard out. Nick Rimando was untested as he posted his third shutout and the fourth for Real this season.

RSL went up a man inside 30 minutes after Chivas defender Andrew Boyens earned two quick yellow cards, and had a two-man advantage after Mondaini was shown a straight red for the foul on Morales late in the first half.

Real struggled to crack former assistant and new Chivas manager Robin Fraser's defense until Collen Warner flicked the ball on to Johnson, who notched his first of the season.

Although the extent of Morales' injury was unknown, he obviously sustained a significant injury, as his foot was pointing the wrong way after the tackle.

Real, which bounced back from its first loss of the season, hosts the Houston Dynamo in its next game May 14. Chivas, which was unbeaten in five, visits Red Bull New York on May 15.