In their third clash of the 2015, season, NYCFC defeated Philadelphia 2-1 at PPL Park yesterday.
CJ Sapong’s fourth goal of year wasn’t enough for the Philadelphia Union as New York City FC’s 11-match winless streak came to an end.
“Luck has been on my side as well and my teammates have been putting the ball in the right position for me to capitalize. I will say though, for me, it’s about the impact I’m providing, and if I’m holding the possession up for my team and you know pressuring the right way, in that sense – I’ve been happy with my performance the last couple of games.” – CJ Sapong
Although New York City was shorthanded with Mix Diskerud away for international duty, a late goal in the second half by Patrick Mullins left the Union (4-9-3) speechless in front of a sold-out home crowd.
With the exception of injured Fernando Aristeguieta, head coach Jim Curtin decided to go with the same lineup that defeated Columbus Crew on Wednesday. CJ Sapong got the start in place of Aristeguieta and his athleticism was evident throughout the match.
The first half of play was back and forth by both sides. Philadelphia had a few good looks but New York’s Josh Saunders was solid in the net. New York City (2-7-5) had a good chance near the end of the first half, but Brian Sylvestre did a great job coming off of his line and keeping it scoreless going into the locker room.
Going into the second half, the Union looked energized. In the 46th minute, CJ Sapong buried a goal assisted by Sebastian Le Toux, carving his name as the team’s leading scorer. However, seven minutes later, New York City FC equalized with a top right corner blast by Thomas McNamara. While the Union controlled the ball for the better part of the second half, a late goal by New York City’s substitute Patrick Mullins made the difference.
Philadelphia host the Rochester Rhinos next on June 16th in their first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup match of the year. Following the US Open Cup match, the Union head out West on June 20th to take on LA Galaxy (10:30 pm ET, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia).