Monday, August 10, 2009

Hat Trick History

With Rapids striker Conor Casey's 3 goals vs. Chivas USA Saturday night, the Colorado striker joins an elite cadre of all-time players to have ever notched a hat trick in a game.

Some Rapids All-Time Hat Trick Stats of Note:

-Only 4 Rapids players all-time have ever notched a hat trick.

-Only one of those players has ever recorded a hat trick on more than one occasion.

-Only two of those players performed the feat inside one half.

-Two of those hat tricks were on the same date, one year apart.

-Chivas USA are the only club against whom the Rapids have recorded more than one hat trick in history.

-Only 1 stadium has ever hosted more than one Rapids hat trick.

-One of those hat tricks was performed in a commemorative one-off Rapids Red/White/Blue combo kit.

Think you know where and when each of these hat tricks happened, who scored them, and against which club?

Take a second to go down memory lane in your head...............

We'll wait...............................

Ok here they are:

All time hat trick performances by Rapids players:

7/4/01: John Spencer vs. DC United at Mile High Stadium
7/4/02: Chris Carrieri vs. Chicago Fire at Invesco Field
6/18/05: Jeff Cunningham vs. Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center
9/27/08: Conor Casey vs. NY Red Bulls at Giants Stadium
4/4/09: Conor Casey vs. LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center
8/8/09: Conor Casey vs. Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Chris Carrieri and Conor Casey are the only 2 players to have recorded a hat trick in the same half; Carrieri's came in the second half against goalkeeper Zach Thornton and Chicago in 2002, Casey's in the first half against Lance Parker (who was replacing that same Zach Thornton, out due to injury) last Saturday night.

Conor Casey is the only player in Rapids history to have recorded more than one hat trick. Now with 3 to date, one could say he has a hat trick of hat tricks.

And in case you were really wondering about the impact of kit combinations on hat trick performances, here's what the players were wearing when they performed their feats:

It was Spencer with the Red/White/Blue commemorative Rapids Independence Day kit, Carrieri in Green/Black/Green, Cunningham in White/White/White, and Casey in Burgundy/White/Burgundy for all three of his hat tricks.

1 comment:

Scott said...

That is a lot of random yet interesting facts.