Unbeaten expansion team St. Louis City routs Real Salt Lake

After starting the season with a win, RSL loses its third straight game

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Zac MacMath, shown during a match last season at Houston, had four saves but gave up for goals in RSL's 4-0 loss to St. Louis City on Saturday night in Sandy.

Sandy • João Klauss scored a pair of goals and St. Louis City extended its winning streak to five straight matches to start the season with a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Only two other MLS teams claimed 15 points in their first five games, the Galaxy in 1996 and Sporting Kansas City in 2012.

St. Louis had already set the record for the best start for an expansion team when it won its fourth last weekend, surpassing the Seattle Sounders in 2009.

Salt Lake (1-3-0) won its season opener against Vancouver, but then dropped consecutive games against Seattle and Austin.

Nicholas Gioacchini, who St. Louis acquired in the expansion draft from Orlando, scored just two minutes into the second half off Eduard Lowen’s corner kick.

Klauss, a Brazilian, added goals in the 61st and 66th minutes. He has five goals so far this season. Rasmus Alm added the final goal in the 76th minute.

Only three other expansion teams have won at RSL: Toronto (2007), Atlanta (2017) and LAFC (2018).