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.”
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.