Philadelphia Union earned a convincing 3-1 win over Eastern Conference foe Chicago Fire on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd of 18,619 at Talen Energy Stadium. CJ Sapong recorded his 14th goal of the season, tying a club record for goals scored in a single campaign, while Chris Pontius tallied his first two goals of the season in the victory.
The Union got the crowd going early with a goal in the 10th minute, as Warren Creavalle started the play and found 2016 MLS All-Star Keegan Rosenberry on the far side of the pitch. After a nifty fake, Rosenberry sent a left-footed ball into the box that found the head of Pontius, who brilliantly gave Philadelphia the 1-0 lead.
As the whistle blew for halftime, the Union held that 1-0 lead. 10 minutes into the second half, it was Pontius again who found the back of the net. After Fafa Picault sent a shot on frame from just inside the box, Chicago goalkeeper Matt Lampson left a juicy rebound in front of net. Pontius, the crafty veteran, made a bolt for the ball and used his left foot to cash in on the rebound attempt. Pontius buried home his second goal of the night to give Philadelphia the 2-0 lead in the 55th minute of action.
Nine minutes after the second goal, the Union sent the home fans into a frenzy with their third goal of the evening. The play started with Union captain Alejandro Bedoya sending a pass to veteran Fabinho towards the endline in the box.
Fabinho then sent a cross across the run of play that found a streaking Sapong, who connected immediately with his boot to beat Lampson and give Philadelphia the 3-0 lead. The goal was Sapong’s 14th of the season, extending his personal best for goals in a single year. The goal was also Sapong’s 50th of his MLS career.
Moments later, the Fire answered with a goal. After creative work in the box, Luis Solignac was able to get position and fire one past Union goalkeeper Andre Blake to make the match 3-1, but the comeback effort fell short as the Union earned their eighth home victory of the season, tying a single-season club high.
Philadelphia will return to action quickly as they head south to Atlanta to take on Atlanta United FC on Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kick-off for that contest is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised on The Comcast Network.