MLS: Saborio's hat trick leads RSL past Timbers
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SANDY, Utah — Alvaro Saborio found a way to end Real Salt Lake's scoring woes.
Saborio scored three second-half goals to help Real Salt Lake earn a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
RSL (11-6-3) snapped a four-game winless streak. Portland (5-8-4) lost its third straight road game and is still winless away from home this season.
Before Saborio's hat trick, RSL had gone 249 minutes without scoring a goal.
"The goal — it opens everything," said Saborio, who became the third Salt Lake player ever to score a hat trick. "We finally scored first and got a win."
Saborio broke the prolonged scoring drought for Salt Lake in the 60th minute. Saborio finished a floating ball from Kyle Beckerman, heading the ball in from a difficult angle.
He came up with his second goal two minutes later, burying a deep pass from Chris Wingert with another header past Portland keeper Troy Perkins. Saborio added to his tally when he converted a penalty kick following a handball call on Diego Chara to make 3-0 in the 75th minute.
"We made it clear to the players that we wanted to go back to the basics and establish a foundation," RSL coach Jason Kreis said. "We did that very well Wednesday night (against Seattle) by not allowing that team to score against us. And then we put it all together tonight."
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