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Russell has hat trick, Sporting KC routs Whitecaps 6-0

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Johnny Russell had his first career MLS hat trick and Sporting Kansas City routed the nine-man Vancouver Whitecaps 6-0 on Friday night for the largest margin of victory in Children's Mercy Park history.

Kansas City (5-1-2) is undefeated in its last seven matches - with five victories. Vancouver (3-4-1), which was without forward Kei Kamara, lost its third straight.

Russell scored two goals in the opening 16 minutes. He one-touched a cross with his right foot to open the scoring in the 10th minute and he took five touches along the left side to send in a deflected shot for a 2-0 lead. Russell was taken down in the penalty area in first-half stoppage time but Stefan Marinovic dove to his left to block Ilie Sanchez's penalty kick.

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