(Reuters) - Orlando City striker Cyle Larin scored his second hat-trick of the season on Friday to set a new record for the most goals by a rookie in Major League Soccer.
Larin netted twice in the first half and once more in the second in his team’s 5-2 win over a 10-man Red Bulls in New York.
The 20-year-old Larin took his season tally to 14 goals, surpassing the previous record of 11 set by Damani Ralph of the Chicago Fire in 2003.
“I guess I like New York,” Larin told reporters. “Every time I come here I feel good and things seem to open up for me. It felt really good to break the record and score the hat-trick.”
Orlando’s victory kept alive the team’s slim hopes of reaching the playoffs as they moved to within a point of the sixth-place Montreal Impact in the Eastern Conference, but having played three more matches.
The Red Bulls finished the match a man down after Matt Miazga was shown a second yellow card in the 77th minute but remain at the top of the conference standings and already assured of a spot in the postseason.
“You have nights like this, we’re not immune to it,” New York coach Jesse Marsch said.
“It’s a night where you feel like everything that can go wrong does. I feel strongly that we’re a good team, but there’s going to be nights where everything seems to go against you.”
Reporting by Tim Wharnsby; Editing by Julian Linden