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2021 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Javier Hernández (9', 41', 60')
  • Andrew Gutman (26')
  • Cristian Cásseres Jr. (63')

Javier Hernandez hat trick sends LA Galaxy past New York Red Bulls

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Chicharito strikes again for LA Galaxy (0:45)

Major League Soccer: Javier Hernandez (9') LA Galaxy 1-0 New York Red Bulls (0:45)

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored three goals in the opening 60 minutes as the LA Galaxy earned a 3-2 victory on Sunday over the visiting New York Red Bulls to become the only two-win team in MLS two weeks into the season.

It was the second consecutive multi-goal game for Chicharito, who scored just two goals the entire 2020 season for the Galaxy.

Andrew Gutman and Cristian Casseres Jr. scored goals for the Red Bulls, who are the only Eastern Conference team to lose each of their first two games.

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A week after scoring two second-half goals against Inter Miami CF, Chicharito got off to a fast start Sunday, giving the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute. After a shot by LA's Ethan Zubak was deflected by New York's Sean Nealis, Chicharito got to the ball before it crossed the end line and scored from a sharp angle with his right foot.

The Red Bulls answered in the 26th minute when Gutman scored his first career MLS goal. His left-footed blast from the penalty area just to the left of goal slipped just inside the right post.

Chicharito's second goal came after a long feed from Victor Vazquez as he scored between the legs of Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel. He initially was ruled offside but that decision was reversed when the play was reviewed as the Galaxy took a 2-1 lead.

His first career hat trick since 2016 with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany's Bundesliga, came in the 60th minute after a poor clearance by the Red Bulls in front of their own goal. Chicharito pounced on a loose ball and scored with his right foot for his fifth of the season.

The Red Bulls pulled to within a goal at 3-2 when Casseres scored on a header from just in front of the Galaxy goal off a set play.

Chicharito's two goals last season came in 12 games as he missed time with a calf injury. His five goals this season have come in his opening 150 minutes of 2021.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New England Revolution 32 +24 70
2 Philadelphia Union 31 +11 49
3 Nashville SC 31 +19 49
4 Orlando City SC 31 +1 47
5 New York City FC 31 +17 44
6 New York Red Bulls 30 +6 43
7 Atlanta United FC 30 +6 43
8 CF Montréal 31 +3 43
9 DC United 31 +1 41
10 Inter Miami CF 31 -15 38
11 Columbus Crew 31 -4 38
12 Chicago Fire FC 32 -15 34
13 Toronto FC 31 -25 26
14 FC Cincinnati 31 -31 20

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Seattle Sounders FC 31 +23 58
2 Sporting Kansas City 30 +20 55
3 Colorado Rapids 31 +13 55
4 Portland Timbers 31 -3 46
5 LA Galaxy 31 -2 46
6 Minnesota United FC 31 -2 45
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 31 -1 44
8 Real Salt Lake 30 +2 42
9 LAFC 31 +2 41
10 San Jose Earthquakes 31 -7 37
11 Houston Dynamo FC 32 -15 30
12 FC Dallas 31 -9 29
13 Austin FC 31 -19 28