Entering the match, Chris Pontius had yet to score a goal for the Union in 2017. When the final whistle sounded, there was a "2" in the goal column.
Pontius opened his account in the 10th minute, when Keegan Rosenberry sent in a pass from just outside the box. Pontius redirected his pass with a header, beating Fire keeper Matt Lampson and giving the Union a 1-0 lead.
In the 56th minute, doubled the lead and his goal total. Fafa Picault ripped a shot, which was saved by Lampson. But Pontius slipped past the Fire defense and slammed home the juicy rebound, registering his second brace in a Union kit and seventh of his career.
One goal, three firsts
The Union's first goal of the match also registered three firsts for Union players. As mentioned above, it was Pontius's first goal of the 2017. But the pass from Rosenberry which set up the goal was also his first assist of the season. Warren Creavalle sent the pass to Rosenberry to set up the scoring play, giving him the secondary assist and his first assist of the season as well.
CJ Sapong gave the Union a 3-0 lead when he netted his 14th goal of the season in the 64th minute. Alejandro Bedoya sent in a pass to Fabinho, who immediately crossed it into the middle of the box. Sapong was crashing the net, and got his foot on the pass to redirect the shot into the top of the net. The goal tied him with Sebastien Le Toux for most goals in a single season for a Union player with 14, and Sapong now has four games to break the record. It was also a major goal for Sapong for another reason, as it was his 50th career MLS goal.