Roland Alberg has made his presence felt in the month of June. The 25-year old from the Netherlands has appeared in four matches in all competitions in June and has racked up seven goals in that span. He was also named MLS Player of the Week for week 16. Now he’s up for Player of the Month.
Alberg recorded his first MLS goal of the season on a penalty kick at Yankee Stadium on June 18 when the Union took on Eastern Conference foe NYCFC. Alberg confidently approached the spot and delivered home the goal.
The fireworks for Alberg came days later when he recorded the second hat trick in Philadelphia Union franchise history in a midweek showdown with Chicago Fire. His first goal was set up as Tranquillo Barnetta sent a shot from outside of the box that again, hit the post. The ball found its way to Fabian Herbers who gently tapped the ball over to Alberg. Using his right foot Alberg buried home the third goal for the Union.
The second goal came in stoppage time of the first half. Alberg, had his first opportunity denied by a Fire defender, but as the ball bounced back his way, Alberg calmly readjusted and blasted one past Sean Johnson and the rest of the Fire for a two-goal lead.
The final piece to the hat trick was set up by Alberg’s teammate Chris Pontius as he was dragged down in the box and awarded the penalty kick. Alberg stepped up and delivered home his third goal of the night. The only other hat trick in Union history came on April 10, 2010 from Sebastien Le Toux.
Alberg’s two goals in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against City Islanders FC were special. Alberg gave the Union a 2-0 lead just before the half ended. Then after a furious comeback from City, Alberg saved the match for the Union with a world class free-kick from just outside the box in stoppage time to give the Union a 3-2 victory.