Hany Mukhtar made the fastest hat-trick in MLS history during Nashville SC’s comfortable 5-1 victory over the Chicago Fire this weekend.
Mukhtar scored his three goals in six minutes, with the last coming just after a quarter of an hour. In addition to being the fastest MLS hat-trick, it was also the first time a Nashville player made three in a single game.
Mukhtar’s first goal was a clinical finish, which was placed on a plate by CJ Sapong after a misplaced pass from a Chicago defender. His other was even better. When he got a low cross on the edge of the box, he dazzled with a few steps over before bending an attempt past Bobby Shuttleworth.
Mukhtar made a superb strike after 16 minutes with a shot straight in front of the goal after a long ball through the middle, but one of the visitors’ defenders got a foot in at the last second and warded it off for a corner. His strike even cut the bar on the way in for extra style points.
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After this electric start, Nashville continued to dominate and went close on several occasions. Just before half-time, CJ Sapong added another goal and hit back after Dylan Nealis hit the post.
Chicago – which was reduced to ten men early in the first half – regained some dignity after the break with Ignacio Aliseda beating home. However, Nashville would restore its four-goal advantage before full-time thanks to an accurate finish from Brian Anunga. Anunga’s strike set another Nashville club record for most goals in an MLS game.
The victory moved Nashville up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, five points clear in the playoffs – albeit having played one game more than its nearest rivals, the New York Bulls. Mukhtar moves to seven goals for the season, three behind current MLS top scorers Javier Hernandez and Raul Ruidiaz.