CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Daniel Rios scored four goals as Charlotte defeated the Philadelphia Union 4-0 on Saturday. Rios secured the first hat trick in club history on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute in front of an announced crowd of 74,479 at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams next play on Oct. 9. Charlotte (13-17-2) visits the New York Red Bulls and the Union (18-5-10) host Toronto. ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
FC Cincinnati can clinch a playoff berth with a win against Chicago Fire and a loss or draw by Columbus Crew against New York Red Bulls.
American forward Ricardo Pepi scored in his second straight game for Groningen, getting a first-half goal in a 4-1 home loss to Alkmaar on Saturday in the Dutch Eredivisie. The 19-year-old ran onto a Neraysho Kasanwirjo pass that went from deep in his own end into the opposition penalty area on two hopes. Pepi outmuscled and spun around defender Sam Beukema, falling to the field in the process, then while on his side used his right foot to kick the ball past goalkeeper Hobie Verhulst from 6 yard