MLS Roundup: Red Bulls blank Real Salt Lake

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Royer, Michael Murillo and Omir Fernandez scored and the New York Red Bulls used a flurry of second-half goals to beat Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Saturday night.

The Red Bulls (7-5-3) opened the scoring with the help of an own goal in the 58th minute. Murillo sent in a low hard cross that deflected off a pair of RSL defenders, with Marcelo Silva getting credited with the own goal. Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando saved the Red Bulls’ first five shots on target before conceding the first goal.

Royer made it 2-0 a minute later, gathering Romero “Kaku” Gamarra’s pass and beating Rimando into the right corner. Murillo scored the Red Bulls’ third goal in seven minutes with a shot that benefited from a deflection off Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera. Fernandez smashed home Andreas Ivan’s cross in the 83rd minute.

Real Salt Lake dropped to 6-8-1.

Atlanta United 2, Fire 0

ATLANTA — Josef Martinez scored twice in the first half to help Atlanta United beat Chicago.

Martinez opened the scoring for Atlanta (8-5-2) in the 12th minute. Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez slotted a pass forward in the middle of the penalty area and Josef Martinez put it into the back of the net.

Josef Martinez finished a breakaway from the top of the 18-yard box to make it 2-0 in the 43rd minute. He has 10 goals this season.

The Fire dropped to 4-6-6.

Orlando City 3, Impact 0

MONTREAL — Nani, Tesho Akindele and Will Johnson scored in the first half in Orlando City’s victory over Montreal.

Orlando City (5-7-3) had won only once in its previous six games. Evan Bush was beaten three times on five shots for the Impact (7-7-3).

NYCFC 2, Crew 2, tie

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Valentin Castellanos scored the tying goal with a 35-yard shot in the 76th minute and New York City FC held on for a draw with the Columbus Crew.

NYCFC (4-1-8) extended its unbeaten streak to an MLS-best nine games.

Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring for Columbus (5-9-2) with a penalty kick in the 28th minute. Alexander Callens took down Pedro Santos in the area to concede the penalty.

Héber Araujo dos Santos pounced on a deflection off teammate Maxi Moralez and slotted home the close-range finish to tie it at 1-all for NYCFC in the 57th minute.

Columbus retook the lead four minutes later. Pedro Santos finished David Accam’s cross into the left corner.

Zack Steffen made his final start for Columbus. The 24-year-old, who was last year’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for the Gold Cup this summer and then complete the transfer to Manchester City of the English Premier League that was announced last December.

The Crew snapped a three-game losing streak.

By Paul Wager

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