Philadelphia Union 2, New York City FC 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong struck for a pair of first-half goals to lift the Philadelphia Union to a 2-0 win over New York City FC Saturday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union (4-3-0) has won all three games at home this year, while NYCFC (1-3-3) hasn’t won since its opener on March 6.

One minute after David Villa hammered a shot off the crossbar for NYCFC, Pontius gave the Union the lead on 26 minutes. Tranquillo Barnetta took a touch over a sliding Jason Hernandez and cut the ball back to Pontius, who tapped it in from the edge of the six.

Sapong doubled the Union’s lead four minutes from halftime, first flicking on a long ball over the top to Sebastien Le Toux before deflecting a Le Toux's attempt into the net.

Box Score

Three Things

  1. HOME SWEET HOME: For the first time in club history, the Philadelphia Union have won their first three games at Talen Energy Stadium, a win streak that stretches to five including the end of last season.
  2. SAPONG STAYS HOT: C.J. Sapong’s goal in the 41st minute was his fourth of the season and the forward has a goal or assist in four of the last five games.
  3. NYCFC WINLESS AGAIN: NYCFC opened the season with a win over the Chicago Fire, but have gone winless since, stretching their streak to five matches.

Next Up

PHI: Saturday, April 30 vs. San Jose Earthquakes (4 pm ET | MLS LIVE)
NYC: Wednesday, April 27 vs. Montreal Impact (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE)

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