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Chicho Arango the Hat Trick Hero as RSL Hammer St. Louis 3-1 in Thrilling Comeback Win

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March 31, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Real Salt Lake News Release

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (3-2-1, 10 pts, 2nd West MLS) returned home and captured the full three points Saturday against St. Louis CITY SC, as FW and Captain Chicho Arango provided the Club’s first hat trick since September 2018 en route to his 104th career goal as a professional and the second consecutive come-from-behind victory in as many weeks.

Never give in, never give up – or so the old saying goes, and Real Salt Lake delivered a second-half performance reminiscent of the famous adage with a thrilling comeback at America First Field on Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Watch / Listen to RSL Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni and FW Chicho Arango’s Post-Game Comments following 3-1 victory to St. Louis City SC on Sat., March 30, 2024

RSL now travel to Minnesota to take on United next Saturday at Allianz Field in St. Paul, where RSL drew 1-1 last season.

Captain Chicho Arango proved the star of the show Saturday, netting a stunning late hat trick as the Claret-and-Cobalt overcame an early concession to record its biggest win of the season.

In a game in which RSL hopes to seize the momentum from last week’s 2-1 comeback at Vancouver, RSL suffered the worst possible start at home, conceding the opening goal just three minutes into the contest. St. Louis midfielder Indiana Vassilev latched on to a poorly cleared header outside the penalty area, driving and cutting into the box and curling a left-footed effort beyond the reach of RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath and into the bottom far-side corner to silence the home supporters.

RSL upped the ante in the aftermath of its unfortunate concession and quickly pulled one back less than 10 minutes later when forward, Anderson Julio, tapped home on the end of a low cross across the box from teammate, Bode Hidalgo, but the former was adjudged to have wandered offside.

RSL continued to pile on the pressure in search of a crucial leveler, with the opponents seemingly content to merely sit back and try to hit the hosts on the counterattack.

Following a choppy start to the second half, RSL was belatedly rewarded for its bravery early in the second half with a spectacular turn and finish in the 70th minute. In desperate search of an equalizer, RSL wing back Alex Katranis found Arango with a simple forward pass just outside the penalty area, and the striker took a first touch to control the ball before bending a powerful right-footed strike well past the reach of elite MLS…

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