Teamwork makes the dream work
In the 17th minute of the match, the Union scored quite possibly their prettiest goal in team history. You're going to want to watch it.
That goal was CJ Sapong's 11th of the season, adding to his career high and it was his first of two goals in the match. Medunjanin registered his eighth assist of the season, extending his team high, and Ilsinho's secondary assist was his second of the season.
Ilsinho getting it done
Ilsinho made an impact in the match, being involved in all three goals. He registered the secondary assist in the Union's first goal, and then he notched his fourth goal of the season in the 21st minute. FC Dallas failed to clear a ball on a throw in, and Ilsinho rocketed a shot from the top of the box. His goal extended his career-high in goals in MLS. Later in the 68th minute, Ilsinho took a shot that was saved by FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz. Ilsinho followed his shot and got the rebound, immediately passing it back to Sapong. Sapong buried the shot into the wide open net, and gave the Union the 3-0 lead. Ilsinho's one goal and two assists is the most combined goals and assists in his career, and his second assist set a new career-high in the mark.
Bracing for the win
Sapong's two goals were his 11th and 12th of the season, which extended his career-high in the mark. Of his 12 goals, 10 have come at Talen Energy Stadium. It was the second time this season he has scored two or more goals in a match, the other being his hat-trick against New York Red Bulls on May 6. Sapong's 12 goals also moves him into a tie for third in the golden boot race.
McCarthy makes history
McCarthy earned his second win of the season in the match, and continued to play well from the goal line. McCarthy made nine saves in the match, setting a new career-high. His nine saves were also the most by a Union goalkeeper in 2017 and the most since Andre Blake made 10 saves against New England Revolution in 2015. McCarthy's sixth straight start also was the most for him in his career.
Keep on Streaking
With the win, the Union moved to 7-1-0 in the team's last eight home matches, the lone loss coming to New York Red Bulls on June 18. During that stretch, the Union have outscored opponents 17-4, while earning five clean sheets. FC Dallas's goal was the first home goal allowed by the Union since the New York Red Bulls match, ending a scoreless streak of 360 scoreless minutes.
The Union also made history, as tonight's match used video review for the first time in MLS history. FC Dallas appeared to score a goal in the 79th minute, but the goal was overturned as video review shows McCarthy being kicked by FC Dallas's Cristian Colman before the ball found the back of the net.