Orlando City SC rookie Cyle Larin enters the history books with hat trick against New York City FC

Hat tricks are certainly not an unusual occurrence in soccer, but the three-goal effort from Orlando City rookie Cyle Larin in the team's loss to New York City FC on Sunday was notable for a couple reasons.

For one, it was only the eighth hat trick by a rookie, per the MLS Facts and Records Book, underscoring the promise that the No. 1 overall draft pick has shown this year.

Larin joins some pretty solid company on the list of rookies to hit a hat trick: Tesho Akindele (DAL, 8/16/14), Harry Shipp (CHI, 5/10/14), Kekuta Manneh (VAN, 10/9/13), Will Bruin (HOU, 4/29/11), Zach Schilawski (NE, 4/10/10), Pat Noonan (NE, 10/25/03), Brian Maisonneuve (CLB, 9/7/1996).

It also turns out that fans of expansion teams rarely get to see their team hit a hat trick, rookie or otherwise:

With nine goals to his name, Larin is now well within striking distance of the rookie record for MLS goals by a rookie. Damani Ralph had 11 for the Chicago Fire in 2003, leaving Larin needing just two goals in Orlando's remaing 13 games to match that mark.


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