MLS 2017 - Apr 22 - Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal draw at 3 By: Saquan Stimpson

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ROLAND ALBERG (10) score on a penalty kick in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.
Philadelphia Union Midfielder ROLAND ALBERG (10) celebrates a PK score in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

For the second straight game, Roland Alberg made a start in the No. 10 position, and he didn’t waste any time on the pitch. He registered the Union’s first goal of the game just five minutes into the match. CJ Sapong hit Alberg with a pass with room to run, and Alberg juked out a sliding Montreal defender before burying the shot. Later in the first half, Jack Elliott was fouled in the box, and Alberg converted on the penalty kick to give the Union a 3-0 lead. His two goals were the first and second goals of his 2017 campaign, and today’s game was just the second multi-goal game of his career. His other multi-goal game was on June 22, 2016, when he scored a hat-trick against Chicago Fire.

Sapong plays complete game

Impact Montreal Keeper EVAN BUSH (1) blocks the ball as Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) attempts to score in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Earning his third consecutive start, Sapong was an offensive force for the Union against Montreal. Sapong notched his first assist of the season, making a perfect pass to Alberg to set up the Union’s first goal of the match. In the 23rd minute, playing off a set piece, Haris Medunjanin sent a cross through the box to Chris Pontius, who then found Sapong in the middle. Sapong headed Pontius’s pass, which found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year. His nine points also lead the Union. Sapong also continued to draw free kicks for the Union, as he suffered seven fouls on the day. His seven fouls set a new career-high in a single match, and also tied the Union’s club record for fouls suffered in a single match.

Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) attempts to clear the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel

On what it means to score two goals…

It's nice for me. Every time I come on the pitch, it's to score a goal. I'm happy to help the team get this result.

On what it means to be young on the team and grow into the role he currently has…

Impact Montreal Attacker ANTHONY JACKSON-HAMEL (24) scores as Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (18) attempts a diving save in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Last year with Didier [Drogba] we had a great model. We have Patrice [Bernier], Matteo [Mancosu], Nacho (Ignacio Piatti). We have a lot of veteran guys who can help us. So we just learn from them and try to do good stuff when you come on the pitch.

On what he was thinking coming in when the team was trailing…

For me it's to go on the pitch and try to score. It's the only thing in my mind. Work hard, press their defense, and score goals. To be able to do it is nice.

On whether he believed this team could come back after being down 3-0…

We always believe, that's a [mentality] of our team. We always, always believe that we can come back in every game. So, even at halftime, we regroup and we still believe we can come back from 2-0.

On how he feels coming off the bench and contributing right away…

Of course, I prefer to start, but to get good minutes like today and to be able to help the team offensively, it's great for me.

Impact Montreal Keeper EVAN BUSH (1) catches the ball in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Midfielder BALLOU JEAN-YVES TABLA (18) dribbles down the field in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ILSON PEREIRA DIAS (25) holds off Impact Montreal Midfielder BALLOU JEAN-YVES TABLA (18) in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (18) attempts to catch the ball as Impact Montreal Attacker MATTEO MANCOSU (21) defends in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Defender RAYMON GADDIS (28) heads the ball out of the box in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Defender AMBROISE OYONGO (2) clears the ball as Philadelphia Union Defender RAYMON GADDIS (28) defends in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Defender AMBROISE OYONGO (2) tackles Philadelphia Union Midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (11) in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Attacker DOMINIC ODURO (7) clears the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Keeper EVAN BUSH (1) blocks the ball with his body in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (11) passes the pass Impact Montreal Keeper EVAN BUSH (1) in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) heads the ball into the net as Impact Montreal Defender HASSOUN CAMARA (6) watches in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Attacker DOMINIC ODURO (7) keeps the ball in front of him in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Midfielder IGNACIO PIATTI (10) kicks the ball towards the net in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Attacker DOMINIC ODURO (7) attempts clear the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) passes the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Defender FABIO ALVES (33) keeps the ball in front of him in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (11) attempts to pass the ball as Impact Montreal Midfielder IGNACIO PIATTI (10) defends in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) heads the ball as Impact Montreal Defender LAURENT CIMAN (23) defends in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (18) makes a save in front of the net in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (18) attempts to make a diving save in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder FAFA PICAULT (22) dribbles the ball down the field in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Defender LAURENT CIMAN (23) pleads his case to the official in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ROLAND ALBERG (10) passes the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (18) makes a driving save in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

shirtless fan cheer from the stands in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (11) passes the ball as Impact Montreal Midfielder IGNACIO PIATTI (10) defends in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Midfielder MARCO DONADEL (33) heads the ball as Philadelphia Union Midfielder HARIS MEDUNJANIN (6) defends in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Defender LAURENT CIMAN (23) deflects the ball in the first half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Impact Montreal Midfielder IGNACIO PIATTI (10) fends off Philadelphia Union Midfielder DERRICK JONES (21) in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union Defender RAYMON GADDIS (28) shakes the hand of a fan after a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Impact Montreal Saturday, Apr. 22, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.

Philadelphia Union & Montreal Impact Draw at 3. #IMFC #PHIvMTL #FIDÈLES

Goals

* 5' – PHI– Roland Alberg

* 23' – PHI– C.J. Sapong

* 39' – PHI – Alberg (PK)

* 41' – MTL – Ignacio Piatti

* 69' – MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel

* 87' – MTL – Jackson-Hamel

Credits:

SAQUAN STIMPSON

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