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Hat trick highlights: Alvaro Saborio delivers for Real Salt Lake

Jul 8, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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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:

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