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Arango bags 2nd hat trick to pull within goal of RSL season record in 5-1 win over Austin

SANDY — The peak power of a Chicho Arango-led Real Salt Lake squad was on full display Saturday at America First Field.

The Colombian striker got his second hat trick of the season in a 5-1 win over Austin FC to put him one goal short of Alvaro Saborio’s regular season record of 17 goals in Claret and Cobalt. Anderson Julio added a brace to reach four goals in four games.

Arango got the party started in the 16th minute on a Hail Mary from midfield that floated just over the keeper and into the goal. Funny enough, that same keeper forced a delayed start to the match with complaints that the goal’s crossbar was uneven and needed adjusting.

That goal alone — which many on social media were quick to call the goal of the year — would have been enough excitement most nights at AFF, but Arango followed it up with another goal just before halftime to go along with two from Julio for a 4-0 lead at the break.

A VAR check in the 71st minute on a handball in the box cleared an Austin goal off the board and gave RSL a penalty, which Arango converted to complete his hat trick.

Austin pulled one back in second-half stoppage time on a penalty of their own to get some consolation.

The Claret and Cobalt have a two-week break before playing three matches in eight days starting June 15, including two on the road in Montreal and Kansas City before a homecoming at AFF against the LA Galaxy on June 22.

This story will be updated.

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