Sapong provides spark off the bench
CJ Sapong started the game on the bench, with Jay Simpson getting the nod from Head Coach Jim Curtin. But in the 58th minute, Sapong entered the game, replacing Simpson in the striker role. Sapong immediately made an impact on the game, creating a scoring chance just a minute after getting on the pitch. And in the 71st minute, Sapong scored his third goal in as many games. Alejandro Bedoya took a shot from just inside the 18-yard box, which was stopped by DC United keeper Bill Hamid. But the rebound went right to Sapong, who buried it into the open net for the Union’s only goal of the game. Tonight’s goal was Sapong’s third of the season, and his three-game goal streak is his longest streak since scoring four in four in June 2015. He also led the Union with five shots and four shots on target in just 31 minutes of play.
Ilsinho gets first start of season
Ilsinho registered his first start of the season after making his first appearance of the 2017 season against Orlando City. Ilsinho played 76 minutes, being replaced by Fabian Herbers in the latter part of the game. He led the Union with three shots from outside the box, and was second on the team in total shots, only behind Sapong. But where Ilsinho excelled was in his passing. Ilsinho had 90 percent passing on the night, which was the highest of any Philadelphia player with more than 10 passes in the game. He had an 89.3 percent passing accuracy in the attacking half of the pitch (leading all Union players) and a 70 percent in the final third. On the defensive side of the ball, he had nine ball recoveries and helped launch the Union counter attack.
Elliott stands tall in MLS debut
Jack Elliott made is Union and MLS debut, replacing Richie Marquez at halftime. Marquez left the game with a head injury, and the fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft was thrust into the action. In his 45 minutes of play, Elliott had a tackle and clearance while notching six ball recoveries and won 100 percent of his duels. He completed 27 passes in the half, with a 70.4 percent passing accuracy and seven final third entries.