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Javier Morales scores in 1st half, Plata has PK in 2nd; Real Salt Lake beats Sporting KC 2-1

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SANDY, Utah — Javier Morales scored in the first half, Joao Plata had a go-ahead penalty kick goal in the 73rd minute and Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Friday night.

Real Salt Lake (7-7-8) won its second straight game after a four-game winless stretch. Sporting KC (9-4-6) had its three-game winning streak stopped.

PHOTO: Real Salt Lake's Devon Sandoval (49) moves past Sporting Kansas City's Marcel de Jong, right, during an MLS soccer game, Friday, July 24, 2015. at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Real Salt Lake's Devon Sandoval (49) moves past Sporting Kansas City's Marcel de Jong, right, during an MLS soccer game, Friday, July 24, 2015. at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Morales dribbled around three defenders with some nifty footwork and sent a shot past goalkeeper Tim Melia in the 34th minute. Real Salt Lake's possession started with a long goal kick, followed by three straight headers to find Morales' feet. Plata's well-placed penalty kick came after Olmes Garcia was tripped up in the box by Melia after a long run from beyond midfield.

Plata and Morales have scored in two consecutive matches.

Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber sent in a perfectly placed ball from distance in the 50th minute — just moments after entering as a second-half sub. Sporting's Jacob Peterson had a goal disallowed in the 45th after he was whistled for being offside. He lost a one-on-one battle with goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in the 65th and had a close-range shot saved in the 76th.

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