Union rout Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake's Adam Henley, right, and Philadelphia Union's Fafa Picault compete for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday in Chester, Pa.

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CHESTER, Pa. — Marcus Epps and Borek Dockal scored in the first half, and the Philadelphia Union added two more in the second to beat Real Salt Lake 4-1 on Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

RSL remains winless on the road this season.

“Right now, I think only 22 percent of away teams win in MLS,” RSL head coach Mike Petke said. “It's not easy to win on the road. When we do something, we do it big I guess. We don't sit back, we don't do this. We get opened up because we try to apply pressure and what's the difference between a 1-0 loss and a 4-1 loss? Three goals but it's still a loss. It's early on still. Last year, it took a while for us to find our form and I'm confident we'll find it this year.”

Fabrice-Jean Picault had a 40-yard run up the left channel to set up the opening goal in the 21st minute, rounding his defender and slotting a cross through several defenders to find Epps for the finish.

Dockal chipped home Alejandro Bedoya's through ball to make it 2-0 for the Union (4-5-2) in the 34th minute.

“They got some guys with some pace,” RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. “I think that hurt us a lot. They had a lot of midfielders coming through and we were trying to play a lot of high line as well and they capitalized on a lot of their runs.”

Damir Kreilach pulled Real Salt Lake (4-6-1) to 2-1 in the 65th minute with his third goal of the season. Sebastian Saucedo made a run at the end line and cut the pass back to Kreilach.

Ilsinho capped a fast break to make it 3-1 in the 74th minute, and Keegan Rosenberry drove one home from 25 yards to cap the scoring in the 81st.

“We are a young group,” RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. “We need to learn how to win on the road. We've been able to figure it out at home but it's taking some time to find that winning formula on the road so we'll keep working try to improve this week and we got another chance next week.”

It was the first loss to the Union for RSL in 11 matches since Philadelphia joined MLS in 2010.

RSL will conclude a stretch of four road matches in five games against Seattle Sounders FC on May 26, at CenturyLink Field.

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