In last night's match in the 66th minute, CJ Sapong made history.
Running in the box, Sapong headed a pass from Giliano Wijnaldum right on net. It hit the right post, but bounced right back into the middle of the box. Sprinting forward, Sapong made a sliding play on the ball, getting a good strike on it. He buried his shot, his 10th of the season.
His 10th goal was the first time he hit double-digits in goals, setting a new career-high. It's a career mark, and continues to show the dominance he's had for the Union this season, being arguably the team's most valuable player.
Sapong kicked off the season by scoring the team's second goal of the year, bringing the Union even with Toronto FC in the team's home opener. It was also the start of a three-game goal streak, which was the second-longest stretch of his career.
Sapong's three-game goal streak was also three consecutive goals for the Union. He scored another goal against Montreal Impact on April 22, but was fairly quiet offensively until May 6th.
On May 6th against New York Red Bulls, Sapong notched his first career hat-trick as the Union defeated Red Bulls 3-0. All three of his goals came in a 15 minute span, and helped create a four-game winning streak, the longest win-streak in franchise history for the team.
Since the Red Bulls game, Sapong periodically found the back of the net, notching goals against Colorado and New England before recording his 10th goal against Columbus Crew SC.
While he's been a major factor for the Union's goals, he's also been a key distributor for the team. He's recorded five assists throughout the 2017 season, which ties a career-high for him as well. Sapong projects to set career-highs in assists, shots, shots on goal, minutes played, starts and fouls suffered.
Sapong current accounts for 34 percent of all Union goals, and has been involved in 48 percent of the Union's goals. He's setting career-highs and projects to set career-highs in nearly every offensive statistical category, and when Sapong registers a goal or an assist, the Union are 5-3-2.
Sapong set a new career-high in goals, and continued his case for the Union's MVP.