A first-half annihilation saw New England Revolution destroy Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders 5-0 in the MLS on Sunday.
Seattle had won their past four games but they had no answer to the Revolution at Gillette Stadium as the home side stormed to a 4-0 lead at half-time, led by a brace from Uruguayan attacking midfielder Diego Fagundez.
The result saw Real Salt Lake move within two points of Seattle in the West's standings, while the Revolution extended their unbeaten run to five matches.
New England hit the front in the 14th minute at their home ground in Massachusetts with a smart move down the left ending with a cross from Fagundez and although Teal Bunbury failed to convert his tap in at the back post, Patrick Mullins turned home the rebound.
Fagundez made it 2-0 in the 29th minute when Seattle failed to clear a corner effectively and the ball came back to the Uruguayan teenager on the left side of the penalty area and he buried his shot.
With 10 minutes left in the first half, Bunbury made up for his earlier miss, finishing on the rebound, after Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei had saved the striker's first effort.
A counter-attack in the 41st minute saw the hosts essentially end Seattle's resistance with Bunbury producing a fine switch to Fagundez, who took one touch before volleying the ball home.
Any hope the Sounders had of pulling of a second-half comeback were dashed in the first minute after half-time when Seattle defender Chad Marshall deflected Bunbury's shot past Frei.
The victory - New England's third in a row - saw the Revolution stay in touch with the Eastern Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City on 17 points.
Sporting lead the East with a plus eight goal difference, while New England (plus four) sit three points ahead of DC United, Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls.
A hat-trick from Javier Morales saw Real trounce Houston Dynamo 5-2 in Texas to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Real have not lost in 10 games and have a game in hand on Seattle.
It took just 15 seconds for the visitors to open the scoring in Houston with Morales chipping Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall from outside the box.
Morales made it 2-0 in the 17th minute from a corner but Houston pulled a goal back in similar fashion five minutes later thanks to Mark Sherrod's close-range volley.
A red card in the 27th minute changed the game when Dynamo's Servando Carrasco slid into Morales and Real took advantage after the half-hour mark through Alvaro Saborio's glancing header to make it 3-1.
Houston striker Giles Barnes then had a penalty saved but Sherrod dragged the hosts back into the contest 11 minutes after half-time with a low strike.
A goal down, Dynamo pushed hard for an equaliser but Real managed to score next when Luke Mulholland rounded Hall with 12 minutes remaining to finish into an empty net and Morales capped off the visitors' victory and his hat-trick with an 89th minute penalty.
In Portland, Los Angeles Galaxy looked certain to win when Robbie Keane scored with a header in the 92nd minute only for Diego Valeri to equalise for the home-town Timbers three minutes later, securing a 1-1 draw.
In Sunday's other game, Chivas USA won 3-1 at Colorado Rapids to end a three game losing streak.
|14||D. Fagúndez||29' 41'|
|Coach: J. Heaps|
for L. Nguyen 63'
for A. Dorman 70'
for D. Kobayashi 78'
|Ligue 1 Review: Title chasers´ slip-ups go unpunished|
|La Liga Review: Real and Atletico suffer frustrating draws|
|Primeira Liga Review: Porto´s Tello dents Sporting´s title hopes|
|Monaco 0 PSG 0: Champions miss chance to go top|
|Real Madrid 1 Villarreal 1: Moreno leveller ensures stalemate|
|Simeone satisfied with Sevilla point|
|Henry: Chelsea can win a trophy treble this season|
|Mancini frustrated by ´hesitant´ Inter|
|Sevilla 0 Atletico Madrid 0: Simeone´s men in fiery draw|
|Pochettino upbeat despite League Cup defeat|
|Inter 0 Fiorentina 1: Montella´s men end San Siro wait|
|Bundesliga Review: Wolfsburg edge eight-goal thriller, Monchengladbach win|
|Mourinho revels in ´beautiful´ League Cup success|
|Eredivisie Review: PSV lose home record as Ajax close the gap|
|Terry thrilled by ´massive´ League Cup final win|
|Chelsea 2 Tottenham 0: Mourinho´s men seal League Cup success|
|Coquelin sustains broken nose|
|Wenger hails Giroud character after Everton goal|
|Everton not getting what they deserve - Martinez|
|Coutinho is coming of age at Anfield - Rodgers|
|Football League Preview: Wolves in the hunt for back-to-back promotions|
|Norwich City 2 Ipswich Town 0: Neil´s men go third with derby triumph|
|Southampton v Crystal Palace: Fonte focusing on big picture|
|Arsenal 2 Everton 0: Giroud strikes to silence doubters|
|Dynamo Dresden v Borussia Dortmund: Hummels eager to build on derby win|
|Rodgers tips hat to relentless Liverpool|
|City facing uphill challenge to retain title - Pellegrini|
|Celtic 4 Aberdeen 0: Champions dominate top-of-the-table clash|
|Lallana hails ´massive´ win as Liverpool´s top-four charge continues|
|Hull City v Sunderland: Cattermole allowing no excuses against ´bogey team´|
|Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1: Coutinho dents City´s title hopes|
|Sunderland to appeal Brown red card|
|Aston Villa v West Brom: Sherwood looking for confidence boost|
|Allegri not taking risks on Vidal and Pogba|
|Pardew defends Jedinak over Sakho elbow|
|Heldt apologises after Schalke´s derby humbling|
|Milan must give that bit extra - Bocchetti|
|Rooney: Brown red must be rescinded|
|Monk hails Swansea´s versatility|
|Melbourne Victory 2 Wellington Phoenix 3: Hosts miss chance to go top|
|Rodgers: Top-four finish would be bigger than last season´s effort|
|Batman and Robin ´a bit of fun´ - Reus|
|Rakitic feeling better after ending goal drought|
|Copa Libertadores Preview: Well-rested Cruzeiro ready for Universitario|
|Fournier fuming after Lyon loss|
|DFB Pokal Preview: Gladbach visit rusty Offenbach|
|Mourinho: Tottenham approached me|
|Primeira Liga Review: Birthday boys Benfica hit Estoril for six|
|Inzaghi finds positives in lacklustre display|
|Eredivisie Review: AZ move third, Propper fires Vitesse to victory|
|Chievo 0 Milan 0: Pressure back on Inzaghi|
|Bundesliga Review: Derby win for Dortmund superheroes, Leverkusen go fourth|
|Ligue 1 Review: Lyon loss leaves door open for PSG|
|Bueno nets perfect hat-trick in four-goal spree for Rayo|
|Carver impressed with Newcastle´s fighting spirit|
|Van Gaal explains Di Maria decision|
|Luis Enrique angered by Granada pitch|
|Sherwood confident of Villa survival|
|Referee East says ´no mistaken identity´ as Poyet pledges to look again|
|League One Review: Robertson and Johnson off to winning starts, Bristol City go eight clear|
|Bruce angered by missed decision|
|Berahino can be ´top class´ - Pulis|
|Grateful Gutierrez thanks ´special´ fans|
|Monk targets Swansea points record|
|Klopp´s ´perfect´ afternoon|
|Victory soured by Ireland injury, says Hughes|
|Championship Review: Middlesbrough´s opportunity missed as Derby are defeated|
|Koeman: I am realistic on Champions League|
|League Two Review: Burton beaten again, Hartlepool gain welcome lift|
|´Triple punishment´ rule could be scrapped|
|Scottish Premiership Review: Inverness slip up as strugglers prosper|
|Mancini wary of Fiorentina quality|
|Hearts attack hits double figures in Scotland|
|West Brom 1 Southampton 0: Berahino wins it, then limps off|
|Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0: Rooney at the double amid red card controversy|
|Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0: Cisse strike downs visitors|
|Stoke City 1 Hull City 0: Super sub Crouch secures win|
|Granada 1 Barcelona 3: Suarez inspires routine win|
|Burnley 0 Swansea City 1: Trippier own goal proves decisive|
|Borussia Dortmund 3 Schalke 0: Late show seals dominant derby win|
|Referee Dowd fails to make it through West Brom, Saints clash|
|Allardyce ´shocked´ after home loss|
|Pardew lauds Murray after ´mixed afternoon´ for striker|
|West Ham 1 Crystal Palace 3: Pardew enjoys more away-day success|
|Blanc: PSG prepared for confident Monaco|
|Ancelotti: Isco place is non-negotiable|
|Pellegrini out to end dismal record at Anfield|
|Roma v Juventus: Matri eyes glory in title tussle|
|Martinez wary of wounded Arsenal|
|A-League Review: Spectacular Sydney derby the highlight|
|Perez to testify in corruption case|
|Bentaleb determined to avoid European hangover|
|Liverpool cannot dwell on Europa exit, says Rodgers|
|Marquinhos welcomes Manchester United interest|
|Tottenham must be ´nearly perfect´ to beat Chelsea - Pochettino|
|Bielsa: I take responsibility|
|League Cup final ´most important´ for Mourinho|
|Rodgers unsure if European exit will be a blessing|
|Vitoria Guimaraes 1 Maritimo 0: Hosts end winless run|