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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Jefferson Savarino (23', 71')
  • Albert Rusnák (81')
  • Damir Kreilach (89')

Savarino scores twice as RSL shuts out Philadelphia

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Savarino dazzles for RSL in rout of Union (1:38)

Jefferson Savarino scored twice and notched an assist as Real Salt Lake pummeled Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 4-0 in Utah. (1:38)

Jefferson Savarino had two goals and an assist and Nick Rimando picked up the 149th shutout of his MLS career as Real Salt Lake cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night in Sandy, Utah.

Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach also scored for Real Salt Lake, which extended its home winning streak to five games, including three in a row by shutout. RSL moved into a tie for sixth place with FC Dallas in the Western Conference with the victory.

Rimando, playing in his 501st career MLS contest, didn't have to stop a shot on goal in picking up his fifth shutout of the season as Philadelphia attempted just five shots in the game, none of which were on target.

Andre Blake had four saves for the Eastern Conference-leading Union, who fell to 1-2-2 in the last five games.

Real Salt Lake took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on Savarino's fourth goal of the season. The 22-year-old midfielder from Venezuela got behind Philadelphia's defense and knocked down a long 40-yard pass from defender Aaron Herrera and then beat Blake with a left-footed shot from the left side of the box.

RSL defender Justen Glad twice had a chance to increase the lead to 2-0 early in the second half with headers in the middle of the box. The first in the 54th minute was stopped from close range by Blake while the second in the 58th minute caromed off the middle of the crossbar.

Savarino then made it 2-0 in the 71st minute when he blasted a right-footed shot from a couple yards above the right side of 18-yard box past a diving Blake and into the left corner of the net.

Philadelphia appeared to cut it to 2-1 in the 77th minute when Andrew Wooten, who had checked in just seconds earlier, booted in a shot from the right side of the box. But the goal was disallowed after a VAR replay when it was ruled the previous pass had gone out of bounds.

Rusnak then sealed it in the 81st minute with his seventh goal of the season after Union defender Raymon Gaddis turned the ball over near the top of the box. Rusnak then drilled a shot past a diving Blake into the left corner of the goal.

Kreilach ended the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in the 89th minute.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 30 +19 57
2 Atlanta United FC 31 +16 54
3 Philadelphia Union 30 +12 52
4 Toronto FC 32 +4 46
5 DC United 31 +2 45
6 New York Red Bulls 31 +3 44
7 New England Revolution 31 -7 41
8 Chicago Fire 32 +5 38
9 Montreal Impact 32 -16 37
10 Orlando City SC 32 -5 36
11 Columbus Crew SC 32 -9 35
12 FC Cincinnati 32 -44 22

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 31 +44 65
2 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +3 50
3 LA Galaxy 31 +1 48
4 Minnesota United FC 30 +9 48
5 Real Salt Lake 31 +4 47
6 San Jose Earthquakes 31 +1 44
7 FC Dallas 31 +5 44
8 Portland Timbers 30 +1 43
9 Colorado Rapids 32 -6 39
10 Houston Dynamo 31 -9 37
11 Sporting Kansas City 31 -11 37
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 32 -22 31