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Sapong brace leads Union past Revs

Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports
Photo by Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports

CHESTER, PA — C.J. Sapong’s first brace since Sept. 21, 2013, powered the Philadelphia Union to their first home victory of the season.

The forward netted his first strike of the 3-0 win in the 18th minute after he capitalized on a cross sent in by left-back Fabinho. Sapong scored from a similar part of the pitch in the 34th minute as he benefited from a nice pass sent in by Warren Creavalle on the left wing.

The odds further shifted in favor of the Union in the 36th minute, when Revs defender Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Ilsinho.

Jim Curtin’s men missed out a chance to extend their advantage to three right before the halftime whistle as Ilsinho had his penalty saved by Bobby Shuttleworth. The Revolution netminder stonewalled another spot kick in the 79th minute to break Sebastien Le Toux’s perfect penalty record in a Union shirt.

Le Toux finished things off in second-half stoppage time as he scored from close range off a Leo Fernandes assist.

The win moves the Union into second in the Eastern Conference behind the Montreal Impact on goal difference.

Man of the Match

C.J. Sapong’s first two tallies of the year came in the home opener at the newly-named Talen Energy Stadium. The two-goal performance was the second in a row recorded by a Union player after Chris Pontius scored twice in the Week 2 win over Columbus.

Moment of the Match

Sapong’s first goal solidified the Union’s dominance in the contest. The Union controlled the majority of possession in the first half, and unlike past years, they took advantage of it early in a match.

Match to Forget

Je-Vaughn Watson was ejected from the contest in the 36th minute of a match in which he was playing close to home.

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