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Russell hat trick snaps Sporting KC’s win streak (video)

MLS Sounders Sporting KC Soccer

Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell, left, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe, celebrate after Russell scored a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Kansas City, Kan. Sporting won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Struggling, short-handed Sporting KC needed a star show to kickstart its summer, and Johnny Russell was ready to go.

Maybe the 29-year-old Scotsman was feeding off the buzz of his old club Derby County preparing for the Championship Playoff Final, but Russell scored thrice as Sporting took care of Seattle 3-2 in Washington on Sunday.

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The right winger scored his fifth, sixth, and seventh goals of the MLS season as Sporting won its first match since March 30.

Russell scored 35 goals with 34 assists in 205 matches with the Rams, but has destroyed that mark with KC. He now has 19 and 16 in 55.

Seattle loses ground on LAFC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, while KC is now within four points of the playoff places.

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