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Tosaint Ricketts scores, Toronto FC beats Real Salt Lake 1-0

August 4, 2016
Toronto FC forward Tsubasa Endoh (9) gets tripped up by Real Salt Lake midfielder Demar Phillips (17) during first half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Tosaint Ricketts scored his first Major League Soccer goal to help Toronto FC beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Toronto’s (9-7-6) won its third straight to move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. The Reds are unbeaten in eight games in a row a home.

Goalkeeper Alex Bono’s free kick in the 68th minute was redirected by Jozy Altidore to Ricketts, who beat a challenging Nick Rimando to the left side. Ricketts, from Edmonton, Alberta, was making his third career MLS appearance after signing with Toronto on July 20. The 28-year-old subbed in for forward Jordan Hamilton in the 56th minute.

Bono made a big save in the 77th minute to preserve the lead, executing a perfect challenge on Juan Manuel Martinez in the area, en route to his third shutout of the season.

Real Salt Lake dropped to 9-7-7.

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