By Annie Ross
Union fans are used to mediocrity and no hope for their favorite team.
However, 2016 has started in a much different manner.
The Union beat New York City FC 2-0 yesterday in front of 18,681 fans at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester.
Chris Pontius and C.J. Sapong scored for the Union during the first half and Andre Blake posted his second clean sheet of the season. The win moved the Union ahead of Montreal for first place in the Eastern Conference and set a new franchise mark of consecutive home wins with five.
The Union were quick to create chances. Tranquillo Barnetta’s free kick from 40 yards out in the sixth minute found Sapong’s head, but the ball just narrowly missed Josh Saunders’ goal. Keegan Rosenberry also got a head on a corner kick from Barnetta in the 11th minute causing Saunders to make a diving save.
In the 25th minute, New York City’s David Villa took a shot that hit the cross bar keeping the score 0-0. One minute later, the Union found the back of the net when Pontius tapped in Barnetta’s pass from just inside the six-yard box.
Sapong made the score 2-0 just before the half. Sebastien Le Toux sent a hard and low pass into the box that Sapong flicked into the net.
The second half saw the Union looking to defend their lead during which Blake did not have to make a single save.
The Union will return to action on Saturday, April 30 at Talen Energy Stadium against San Jose Earthquakes. It will be the second of a three-game homestand. Kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 6ABC.