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FC Dallas downs the LA Galaxy 4-0 thanks to Ricardo Pepi’s hat trick

Pepi became the youngest player in MLS history to score a hat trick.

MLS: LA Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Ricardo Pepi collected his first career hat trick as FC Dallas downed the LA Galaxy 4-0 on Saturday night. Pepi was the youngest player in MLS history to score a hat trick as well.

Pepi scored his first goal in the 27th minute on an assist from Andres Ricarute. The veteran midfielder slid the ball into the penalty box where Pepi was able to beat one defender before finding the back of the net.

He doubled his tally in the 44th minute following a corner kick from Jesus Ferreira before finding his hat trick in the 50th minute. By the end of the night, Pepi had his eighth goal of the season, which put him in third place for the league’s Gold Boot race.

Jadar Obrian came on late in the second half and was able to find the fourth goal in the 88th minute as he picked up a pass from Justin Che in the penalty box before tapping a cheeky shot into the back of the net.

Instant Reaction: Let’s just say it, getting Pepi as a striker and not a winger is much better than having Franco Jara as a striker. Being at home is much better than being on the road. Where the last month has been rough for this club, this feels like a result that could potentially turn things around enough.

Man of the Match: Pepi. It is just Pepi.

What’s next for FC Dallas: FC Dallas goes back out on the road to take on rivals Sporting Kansas City.