Alberg nets two
For the second straight game, Roland Alberg made a start in the No. 10 position, and he didn’t waste any time on the pitch. He registered the Union’s first goal of the game just five minutes into the match. CJ Sapong hit Alberg with a pass with room to run, and Alberg juked out a sliding Montreal defender before burying the shot. Later in the first half, Jack Elliott was fouled in the box, and Alberg converted on the penalty kick to give the Union a 3-0 lead. His two goals were the first and second goals of his 2017 campaign, and today’s game was just the second multi-goal game of his career. His other multi-goal game was on June 22, 2016, when he scored a hat-trick against Chicago Fire.
Sapong plays complete game
Earning his third consecutive start, Sapong was an offensive force for the Union against Montreal. Sapong notched his first assist of the season, making a perfect pass to Alberg to set up the Union’s first goal of the match. In the 23rd minute, playing off a set piece, Haris Medunjanin sent a cross through the box to Chris Pontius, who then found Sapong in the middle. Sapong headed Pontius’s pass, which found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year. His nine points also lead the Union. Sapong also continued to draw free kicks for the Union, as he suffered seven fouls on the day. His seven fouls set a new career-high in a single match, and also tied the Union’s club record for fouls suffered in a single match.
Gaddis makes 2017 debut
Ray Gaddis started today’s match at right back, marking Gaddis’s 2017 debut. It was also his first start since July 23, 2016. In his match, Gaddis had 55 total touches on the day with a 74.1 percent passing accuracy (19 of 26 with one key pass and one chance created. Defensively, Gaddis had one interception, seven clearances and six recoveries. With Gaddis and fellow West Virginia alumnus Jack Elliott in the match, it was the first time two Mountaineers started an MLS game.