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          === Morales nets hat trick as RSL topples 10-man Houston ===
 Houston,  TX (  -  Javier  Morales scored  a  hat trick  and
 assisted on another goal as Real Salt Lake continued its unbeaten start to the
 season with a 5-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
 Morales  scored  the fastest goal in  RSL history as  he found the net just 15
 seconds  into the match. A second goal arrived for Morales in the 17th minute,
 while Mark Sherrod scored his first MLS goal for the Dynamo in the 22nd.
 But  Servando Carrasco's  red card in the  27th reduced Houston to 10 men, and
 Alvaro Saborio made it 3-1 at halftime.
 Sherrod  managed to score again for the hosts to cut the lead to 3-2, but Luke
 Mulholland gave RSL some breathing room with a 78th-minute goal before Morales
 completed his hat trick from the penalty spot.
 The  fast  start was  important for  Salt Lake  as the  team entered the match
 having failed to win in nine games in Houston.
 Morales  took a pass from Saborio and he managed to chip goalkeeper Tally Hall
 to put his side up before most fans had settled into their seats.
 The  goal was the  first of the season for Morales, and he didn't take long to
 add another as he stabbed home a flicked header from Ned Grabavoy in the 17th.
 Sherrod  scored  from a  Brad Davis  corner kick in  the 22nd,  but only a few
 minutes later, Carrasco saw red for a challenge from behind on Morales.
 Saborio  made the  advantage count  with his  sixth goal  of the  season on  a
 glancing  header from a Mulholland cross, while Houston wasted a chance to get
 back  to within a  goal as Giles Barnes had a penalty kick saved by goalkeeper
 Nick Rimando.
 Barnes  managed to  force a turnover in  the 56th minute that led to Sherrod's
 second goal of the match, but RSL closed out the contest with two goals in the
 last 12 minutes.
 Morales  played  Mulholland in behind the  Houston defense and he slotted home
 his  third  goal of the  season before the hat  trick was completed by Morales
 after Devon Sandoval drew a penalty kick.
 05/11 21:01:55 ET

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