CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Union tied the Major League Soccer record for margin of victory with a 7-0 rout of DC United on Friday night behind Julián Carranzas’ first MLS hat-trick.
Mikael Uhrem, a 27-year-old striker in his first season in MLS, and Alejandro Bedoya scored two goals apiece in the first MLS multi-goal game for each.
Philadelphia set a team record for goals and was one shy of the league record.
The margin of victory was the LA Galaxy’s 8-1 win over Dallas on June 4, 1998 and Chicago’s 7-0 wins at Kansas City on July 4, 2001, the New York Red Bulls at New York on May 21, 2016, and Atlanta vs. visiting New England on September 13, 2017.
DC’s previous worst margin of defeat was a 6-1 loss to Kansas City on June 21, 1997.
Carranza, a 22-year-old Argentine striker acquired from Inter Miami in December, scored in the 22nd and 25th minutes for the Union (8-2-9), then scored his last goal in the 72nd minute.
Bedoya scored the opening goal in the ninth minute, added another in the 36th and took his season tally to five.
Uhre scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time and in the 59th.
Philadelphia goalie Andre Blake made three saves. Rafael Romo saved just three of United’s 10 shots.
Union outscored United (5-10-2) 19-9, with 10 shots on goal to United’s three.
Those teams return to the pitch on Wednesday, with Union visiting Inter Miami while United host the Columbus Crew.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
More AP MLS: https://apnews.com/hub/major-league-soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports