Philadelphia Union’s forward player CJ Sapong after scoring the first hat trick of his professional career was named Major League Soccer’s player of the week. He scored all three goals against New York Red Bulls delivering the first win of the year for the Philadelphia Union.
Sapong gave his team a much needed victory after scoring three goals in the 74th, 81st and 85th minutes en route to a 3-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
On Tuesday he was duly honoured with the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week award for Week 9 of the MLS season by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).
This is the second all-time MLS individual award for CJ Sapong, who was previously named the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2011.
A bright spot for the struggling Union all year, Sapong broke a scoreless deadlock at Talen Energy Stadium with a deflected finish in the 74th minute then struck again on a close-range header seven minutes later. He bagged his hat trick – just the third one in Union franchise history – with an 85th-minute penalty kick.
Saturday’s heroics pushed Sapong into a tie for first place (alongside Houston’s Erick “Cubo” Torres) in the MLS Golden Boot standings with seven goals so far.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.
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