SANDY (AP) — Damir Kreilach recorded a hat trick, Albert Rusnak added two goals and Real Salt Lake thumped the Los Angeles, 6-2, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
It was RSL’s third straight victory.
RSL set a new attendance record as 21,363 fans were on hand to watch the home team become the first side in the 23-year history of the MLS to record back-to-back six-goal outings.
The match was delayed briefly in the 32nd minute when a duck flew on the pitch and lingered.
Brooks Lennon sent in a long ball which Kreilach chest trapped, flicked up to himself to avoid the onrushing goalkeeper and headed home to give RSL (13-10-5) the lead for good at 2-1.
Jefferson Savarino also scored for Salt Lake, which exploded for four goals in the second half.
Romain Alessandrini and Jonathan dos Santos scored for the Galaxy (10-10-8). Dos Santos netted his goal less than 90 seconds into the match.
Elsewhere in MSL, Raul Ruidiaz scored from the run of play, Nico Lodeiro converted a penalty kick and the Seattle Sounders took advantage of an own goal to beat visiting Sporting Kansas City, 3-1, in a game between two of the hottest teams in MLS.
The Sounders (12-9-5) extended their club-record winning streak to eight games and set a league mark for consecutive wins in the non-shootout era (2000-present). The old mark of seven straight was set by Kansas City in 2012 and matched by Seattle with last Sunday’s 1-0 victory at Portland.
Sporting (13-7-6) saw its four-game winning streak halted.
Unbeaten in their last 11 (9-0-2), the Sounders had to come from behind in this one after Diego Rubio put Kansas City on the board just 96 seconds into the game.
Ruidiaz tied it in the 12th minute with a 5-yard shot straight in front of a wide-open net as goalkeeper Tim Meila had come off his line to play a crossing pass.
Seattle went up 2-1 in the 52nd minute. Harry Shipp had the ball on the left side of Meila’s 6-yard box. His cross deflected off the right calf of Graham Zusi and into the far side of the net.
Just four minutes later, Shipp sent another cross in from the left side. KC’s Ike Opara went up for it, but the ball glanced off his right arm. A penalty kick was called, and Nicolas Lodeiro drilled it into the back left corner.