Dwayne De Rosario scored the quickest hat trick in MLS history, leading D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
De Rosario, who also became the first D.C. player to get multiple hat tricks in one season, scored on a header in the 22nd minute, then got his second in the 27th and converted a free kick in the 31st.
He also set up the first goal for United (9-8-11), sending a perfect diagonal pass to Andy Najar, who scored in the 13th minute. DC extended its home unbeaten streak to four matches (2-0-2).
“The thing with ‘De Ro’ is, I’m not even surprised anymore with some of the stuff he does,” United coach Ben Olsen said of the 33-year-old Canadian, who now has 90 goals in an 11-year career spent with five different clubs. “I’ve seen it as a fan of his and I’ve also seen it on the other side for 10 years. This is what he does and this is why we wanted him.”
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De Rosario, who has scored 10 of his 13 goals since D.C. acquired him in a trade with New York in late June, also scored a hat trick on Aug. 6 in a 3-3 draw at home against Toronto.
“It’s working out for now,” De Rosario said of the move to the club, which has sat on the fringes of the league’s 10-team playoff picture for most of the season. “We’re still not in the playoffs. Until we make the playoffs then I can say it’s working out.”
Alvaro Saborio scored in the 86th minute for Real Salt Lake (15-8-6), who allowed the quickest first four goals in club history while failing to extend a five-game win streak.
At Rapids 1, Earthquakes 1: Drew Moor scored in the 71st minute to lift Colorado to a draw with San Jose.
Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch stopped a shot by Jeff Larentowicz and the rebound came right to Moor, who sent the ball back into the net.
Colorado (10-9-12) ended a three-game losing streak and extended its winless streak to 0-3-2. The Rapids have been held to four goals in that stretch.
Chris Wondolowski scored in the 19th minute for San Jose (6-11-13), which is 0-1-2 over its last three and 0-5-4 in the last nine road games. The Earthquakes began the day six points out of 10th overall and the final playoff spot.
At Red Bulls 2, Timbers 0:Dane Richards scored in the first half and Luke Rodgers converted a penalty kick in the second half to lead New York.
The Red Bulls (8-7-15) pulled into a tie for fourth place with Houston in the Eastern Conference with four matches to go. It was the first home win for New York since beating Toronto 5-0 on July 6.
Portland (10-13-7) dropped two points behind New York in the race for a wild card playoff berth. The loss snapped the Timbers’ five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2). However, Portland has not had any success on the road, falling to 1-9-4 away from home.
Galaxy 1, at Crew 0: Chad Barrett scored in the third minute of stoppage time as Los Angeles extended its unbeaten streak to six games while the Columbus remained winless in five.
Landon Donovan, a second-half substitute, took a flighted ball from Omar Gonzalez on the right side of the penalty area and fired a hard shot that William Hesmer saved. Barrett, who entered in the 84th minute, got the rebound for a putback from the left side.
Earlier, Josh Saunders had made three key saves in the final six minutes to give the Western Conference-leading Galaxy (17-3-10) 16 shutouts, one shy of the league mark. They are 5-0-1 in six game.
The Crew (11-11-8) are 0-4-1 in the past five and trail Eastern Conference leader Houston by a point.
Dynamo 1, at FC Dallas 0: Geoff Cameron scored in the 87th minute to lift Houston past FC Dallas.
The Dynamo (10-9-12) won on the road for the first time this season after going winless in the the first 15 (0-6-9).
FC Dallas was shut out for the third straight MLS game and is 13-10-7 on the season.
Cameron scored on a header from outside the left side of the goalie’s box, Brad Davis assisted on the score with a cross coming off a corner kick.