Sapong does the trick as Union snap skid

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Sapong does the trick as Union snap skid

Washington (AFP) – C.J. Sapong’s hat trick lifted the Philadelphia Union to a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls, snapping the Union’s 15-match Major League Soccer winless streak.

The Union’s first victory of this season insured the Red Bulls’ own away losing streak continued — now stretching to five matches.

Sapong scored in the 74th, 81st and 85th minutes to take his season goal total to seven and give Philadelphia a first regular-season win since a 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City last August.

He scored his first goal when his shot deflected off the leg of a Red Bulls defender.

Sapong headed in his second goal from Chris Pontius and Fabian Herbers and capped off the outburst when he converted a penalty after Red Bulls defender Damien Perrinelle was called for hand ball in the box.

Elsewhere, teenager Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla was the hero for Montreal as the Impact notched their first away win of the season with a 1-0 victory over DC United in Washington.

Tabla, 18, put Montreal ahead in the 13th minute, taking a pass from Adrian Arregui and eluding Jared Jeffrey and Luciano Acosta to find some room.

He darted toward the penalty arc and fired a low shot that beat DC keeper Travis Worra inside the left corner.

It was Tabla’s second professional goal in his fourth MLS start since inking a contract with the club in October.

“I thought he was going to slip [a pass to] one of us,” Impact forward Dominic Oduro said. “But he saw that ambition and he took it.”

Tabla said he could have passed to Oduro or Ignacio Piatti.

“But I saw the defender, when I cut in front of him he started giving me some space. And I saw the position of the keeper. And I thought to myself, ‘Why not to shoot?’”

C.J. Sapong of Philadelphia Union scored in the 74th, 81st and 85th minutes to take his season total to seven and give Philadelphia their first regular-season win since August
Copyright GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File Drew Hallowell

 

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