SANDY (AP) — Nick Besler, Sebastian Saucedo and Corey Baird scored in the first 30 minutes and Real Salt Lake eased past the New England Revolution 4-1 on Thursday night.
Salt Lake (14-12-7) is sixth in the Western Conference — two points shy of Portland, which will host RSL on Sunday. New England (9-13-11) hasn’t won at Rio Tinto Stadium in seven meetings, going 0-5-2.
Besler scored his first MLS goal in the fourth minute on a sliding finish of Baird’s cross at the end of a counter attack. Saucedo made it 2-0 in the 14th with a rolling finish inside the near post.
Baird, a rookie, scored his eighth goal of the season in the 29th with a breakaway shot that froze goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
Damir Kreilach scored his 12th goal on a header in the 50th for a 4-0 Real Salt Lake lead. A video review determined Kreilach was indeed onside on his goal.
New England scored in the 69th on Kelyn Rowe’s header. Teal Bunbury’s penalty-kick attempt in the 35th minute was denied by RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. That’s the 24th time Rimando has saved a penalty kick during his illustrious professional career.