MLS Match Review: Philadelphia Union 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0

CJ Sapong scored his sixth goal of the year and fourth in consecutive matches as the Philadelphia Union (5-10-3) grabbed three points at home from a depleted Seattle Sounders (9-6-2) team.

Coming off a demoralizing loss in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Union were back home at PPL Park Wednesday night looking to grab a crucial 3 points from a deflated Seattle side.

Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Union
Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Union

The Sounders were without Clint Dempsey (Suspension) and Obafemi Martins (injury), two of their most valuable attackers. On the Philadelphia side, the Union were without Fernando Aristeguieta, Sebastien Le Toux, and Conor Casey due to injury which left forward CJ Sapong to generate the team’s offense.

In the 27th minute of the match, it looked as if the Union would get on the board early with a goal by Maurice Edu, but it was called back after Andrew Wenger was caught fouling goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the box. Three minutes later, Wenger earned a penalty for the Union but Maurice Edu’s kick was saved by Frei to keep the game scoreless going into halftime.

Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Union
Goal Celebration – Lift Off! Photo courtesy The Philadelphia Union

While the Union were without many of their instrumental offensive players, these injuries did not stop Sapong from heading in a great cross from Sheanon Williams in the 69th minute to score the sole goal of the night. Union goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre also earned his fourth shutout of the season. Seattle, who has lost three of their last four league games in scoreless losses produced only nine shots the whole game with two on goal.

Both teams have a few days to recover as they are back in action this weekend with the Philadelphia Union taking on the Montreal Impact at home on Saturday (7:00pm EST, 6 ABC) and the Sounders are headed to Soccer City USA to take on the Portland Timbers on Sunday (4:00pm PDT, Fox Sports 1).

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