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Real Salt Lake picks up their sixth win vs. the Union with 2-1 score

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Chester, PA — The Philadelphia Union has struggled against Real Salt Lake. And that was the same on Saturday as the visitors won 2-1 at Subaru Park.

The loss snapped the Union’s undefeated streak to begin the season. They are now 3-4-1 in the young season.

Philadelphia Union star Daniel Gazdag celebrates after scoring to tie the game at 1-1 against Real Salt Lake
Daniel Gazdag celebrates after scoring to tie the game at 1-1 against Real Salt Lake (Photo by the Philadelphia Union)

Real Salt Lake improved to 5-3-2.

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With the win, Real Salt Lake is tied for the lead in the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake and the Los Angeles Galaxy have 18 points each.

The loss dropped the Union to seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Union — who are sponsored by Bimbo Bakeries — are tied with the DC United with 13 points.

Both teams are just one point out of sixth place. Currently, the New York City Football Club, also known as NYCFC, has 14 points.

In the all-time series, Real Salt Lake has six wins. The teams also have six draws.

However, the Union has just one win. That came in a 4-1 win in 2018 when the stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania was called Talen Energy Stadium.

Real Salt Lake — who is sponsored by Select Health — got on the board first. Carlos Gomez scored in the 34th minute.

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A few minutes into the second half, the Union tied the game. That’s when Daniel Gazdag scored in the 50th minute.

With the goal, Gazdag has tied the Union’s all-time scoring record. He will look to break the record on Tuesday when the Union are back in action against the Seattle Sounders FC.

Then, as it appeared that both teams were playing to a draw, Real Salt Lake broke the tie. Alexandrus Katranis scored in the 89th minute past a diving Union keeper.

Andre Blake was not long enough to stop the Katranis shot once he decided to lay out to make the save attempt. Katranis’ goal silenced the crowd as he went to celebrate with his teammates and coaching staff on the sideline.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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