CJ Sapong had a historic night for the Union, when he netted his first career hat-trick in a 3-0 win against New York Red Bulls. He scored goals in the 74th, 81st and 85th minutes, and his 11 in-game minutes to complete the hat-trick is the fastest span in Union history.
While his hat-trick was the first of his career, it was the third hat-trick in Union history. The first was scored by Sebastian Le Toux against DC United in 2010, and the second was by Roland Alberg against Chicago Fire in 2016.
Le Toux's hat-trick was historic because not only was it the first in Union history, but it was also in the first home game in Union history. The Union opened its inaugural season on the road at Seattle, and hosted DC United for the team's first home game. Le Toux scored the first and second goals in Union history by finding the net in the 4th and 40th minutes. After two goals by DC, it seemed the Union were heading to a draw. But some late game heroics by Le Toux saw him complete the hat-trick in the 80th minute, giving the Union their first win in team history.
Last season, Alberg registered the Union's second hat-trick in history when he put up three against Chicago Fire. With the Union up 1-0 thanks to an own goal, Alberg scored his first goal in the 15th minute, and added another in stoppage time in the first half to give the Union a 3-1 lead. In the second half, the Union drew a penalty kick, and Alberg buried it to give the Union a 4-1 lead. Chicago tried to chip away at the lead, but the penalty stood as the game winner as the Union held on to win 4-3.
With his three goals against Red Bulls, Sapong has seven goals on the season, which ranks first among the Union and tied for first in all of MLS. He has 23 career goals for the Union, which ranks third all time, and is just two away from tying his career high. He was also named to the MLS Team of the Week for his stellar play against New York.