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BRONX, NY(SMI-SPORTS, 04.17.22)-The 2021 MLS Golden Boot winner Taty Castellanos, scored 4-goals and Thiago Andrade added another two as New York overpower the Real Salt Lake 6-0, snapping a 5-winless game streak in the MLS East and during a Sunday's Easter Day celebration at the Legendary Yankee Stadium in the Bronx NYC.

It was a feast day for the Boys in Blue and their fans whom enjoyed a sensational game after a disappointing result last Wednesday night- when NYCFC tied 1-1, with the Seattle Sounders in the second-leg semifinals of the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League and failed to advance to the final match.

New York came out firing on all cylinders from the start, opening the score first through Valentine "Taty" Castellanos at 09' minutes, when Santiago Rodriguez centered a perfect corner kick inside the penalty area, finding Castellanos who headed inside the back of the net for his first goal of the 2022 MLS season to put NYCFC in front 1-0, over RSL. 

The Boys in Blue kept the pressure and 5-minutes later Thiago Andrade increased the league for NYCFC for the 2-0, over RSL.The goal was  originated during a breakaway counter-attack through the left side field by Talles Magno, who rolled a perfect pass to Andrade to the middle just outside the 18', who was coming on a run from behind and shot a hard left-footed from inside the penalty area for his second goal of the 2022 MLS season.

With the first half winding down, NYCFC's midfielder Keaton Parks was fouled inside the penalty area that resulted in a penalty call and was executed perfectly by Taty Castellanos for his second goal of the game and both teams heading to the locker-rooms with New York in front 3-0, at the half.

In the second half, with The Boys in Blue in full control and dominance of the game, Thiago Andrade registered his second goal of the game and third of the season when he received a beautiful rolling pass to the middle from Santiago Rodriguez and shot a right-footed just outside the 18', ending inside the back of the net to put New York 4-0, at the 54' minutes.

With the game out reach for the visitors , Taty Castellanos scored his third and fourth goal of the game at 56' and 79', for his first hat-trick of the season thought a penalty shot and added his fourth when RSL's goalkeeper Zac MacMath committed a huge error in trying to clear the ball gave it to Castellanos who was inside the 18', and who immediately kicked a right-footed deflecting off a Real Salt Lake's defender leg and ending in the back of the net for final score of 6-0, for NYCFC over Real Salt Lake.

Taty Castellanos registered his first hat-trick of the 2022 MLS Season and his second in his career and made history becoming the first NYCFC player in franchise history to score four goals in a game.


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PHOTO:Thiago Andrade & Valentin Castellanos
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