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Austin clinches 1st playoff berth, beats Real Salt Lake 3-0

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  • Under green lights, Austin FC defender Jhohan Romaña (3) celebrates the team's win over Real Salt Lake in an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Under green lights, Austin FC defender Jhohan Romaña (3) celebrates the team’s win over Real Salt Lake in an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Real Salt Lake midfielder Braian Ojeda (88) reacts after an Austin FC score during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Real Salt Lake midfielder Braian Ojeda (88) reacts after an Austin FC score during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Real Salt Lake midfielder Scott Caldwell (12) and teammate midfielder Braian Ojeda (88) react to a play during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Austin FC, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Real Salt Lake midfielder Scott Caldwell (12) and teammate midfielder Braian Ojeda (88) react to a play during the second half of an MLS soccer match against Austin FC, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Austin FC midfielder Owen Wolff, left, collides with Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Herrera, right, as they chase the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Austin FC midfielder Owen Wolff, left, collides with Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Herrera, right, as they chase the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Austin FC defender Nick Lima (24) and Real Salt Lake defender Bryan Oviedo (36) leap for a pass during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Austin FC defender Nick Lima (24) and Real Salt Lake defender Bryan Oviedo (36) leap for a pass during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Real Salt Lake midfielder Diego Luna (26) drives with the ball past Austin FC midfielder Emiliano Rigoni (77) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Real Salt Lake midfielder Diego Luna (26) drives with the ball past Austin FC midfielder Emiliano Rigoni (77) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver, center, makes a safe in front of Real Salt Lake forward Anderson Julio (29) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver, center, makes a safe in front of Real Salt Lake forward Anderson Julio (29) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver (1) makes a safe in front of Real Salt Lake forward Anderson Julio (29) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Austin FC goalkeeper Brad Stuver (1) makes a safe in front of Real Salt Lake forward Anderson Julio (29) during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin (14) and Austin FC defender Nick Lima (24) battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Real Salt Lake forward Rubio Rubin (14) and Austin FC defender Nick Lima (24) battle for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • Real Salt Lake defender Bryan Oviedo (36) passes against Austin FC during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.


    Real Salt Lake defender Bryan Oviedo (36) passes against Austin FC during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in Austin, Texas.
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  • AUSTIN, Texas — Austin clinched its first playoff berth, beating Real Salt Lake 3-0 Wednesday night as Moussa Djitte scored his first career hat trick, all in the second half.

    Austin (16-9-6), which started play in 2021, became the second Western Conference team to clinch a berth this season after first-place Los Angeles FC.

    Djitte scored in the 60th minute, running onto Diego Fagundez’s diagonal pass and flicking the ball over goalkeeper Zac MacMath from just inside the 6-yard box.

    Djitte doubled the lead in the 76th with an 8-yard right-foot shot after Ethan Finlay’s attempt rebounded off the crossbar, then added another on a counterattack in the 80th from Ruben Gabrielsen’s pass.

    The Senegalese forward, who turns 23 next month, had scored one previous goal this season, against Orlando on May 22. He joined Major League Soccer after spending 2018-19 with Sion in Switzerland and 2019-21 with Grenoble in the French second tier.

    Austin goalkeeper Brad Stuver made six saves.

    The teams play again Saturday. Austin hosts Nashville, while RSL (11-10-10) hosts Cincinnati.

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    The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            
            



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