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De Rosario scores hat trick, United defeats RSL 4-1

On September 29, 2011

Veteran middie Dwayne De Rosario scorched the Real Salt Lake's defense for the fastest hat trick in MLS history, leading United back into the playoff hunt with the 4-1 victory at RFK Stadium.

The win ended Salt Lake's five-game winning streak as many of team's key players watched from the sidelines.

D.C. United (9-8-11) jumped to the 11th spot in the postseason standings, trailing New York by one point for the final playoff spot.

D.C. United needed just 13 minutes to take the lead. De Rosario picked out a streaking Andy Najar with a diagonal ball that split the RSL back line.

Najar returned the favor for De Rosario nine minutes later. The Honduran midfielder found space on the right wing and looped a long, curling cross into the RSL box that found De Rosario, who headed it past Rimando for a 2-0 lead.

De Rosario didn't let up, adding a third goal five minutes later. A bouncing ball was deflected by Josh Wolff into De Rosario's path, and he curled a shot into the upper 90 from outside the penalty area.

De Rosario completed his hat trick on his best goal of the night just four minutes later. He blasted a 35-yard free kick that caught Rimando cheating towards his far post, and the shot curled home into the near post's upper corner to punctuate an amazing offensive night.

"The thing with DeRo is, I'm not even really surprised anymore with some of the stuff he does," head coach Ben Olsen said. "I've seen as a fan of his, and seeing it from the other side in 10 years. This is what he does, and why we wanted him. He's just been exceptional, and the guys jumped on his back and rode the wave."

On Thursday, September 29, United travels north to face Philadelphia Union the first match on a three-game road trip that includes Columbus Crew (Oct. 2) and the Vancouver Whitecaps (Oct. 12). For more information about DC United, visit

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