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Hat trick highlights: Alvaro Saborio delivers for Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers v Real Salt Lake

SANDY, UT - JULY 7: Alvaro Saborio #15 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his third goal, making a hat trick, with Kyle Beckerman #5 and Javier Morales #11 during a game against the Portland Timbers in the second half July 7, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake beat the Portland Timbers 3-0. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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For Real Salt Lake to shake the June funk that was threatening July, the men of Rio Tinto surely needed some special performances. Alvaro Saborio delivered one Saturday, netting a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Portland.

It was Major League Soccer’s fourth hat trick this year. He joins:

  • David Estrada, Seattle
  • Chris Pontius, D.C. United
  • Thierry Henry, New York

RSL’s Costa Rican international also capped off a frustrating 251-minute scoreless run for his team. That was the club’s deepest stretch without a goal since May of 2009.

Said Saborio: “I am very happy. First, because we need the win, and second for my hat trick. … Three goals, I’ve only scored a few times in my career and I feel very happy.”

Watch his hat trick here: