The game in 100 words (or less): What better way to recover from a loss than to come right back with a definitive victory? C.J. Sapong has been the Philadelphia Union’s go-to goalscorer over recent seasons, but Roland Alberg is quickly making a name for himself in his first MLS season. The 25-year-old notched his first hat trick since joining the league, guiding the Union to a convincing 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire. Veljko Paunovic’s side suffered similar fate to what they’ve been enduring all season, as goals continue to allude the Fire. For just the second time in 2016, the Fire registered a multi-goal performance, but it simply wasn’t enough to overcome the Union.
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Three four five six moments that mattered
2′ — Accam gives Fire early advantage — Speed kills, and David Accam proved that to open the scoring against the Union. Philly’s backline, which has been among MLS’ elite to start the season, simply got caught napping.
11′ — Alberg forces Fire backline into mistake — Roland Alberg has quickly filled the void left by the injured C.J. Sapong, and while he wasn’t credited with the equalizer, he did just about everything right on this sequence.
15′ — Alberg’s at it again — He was a bit unlucky to not be credited on the Union’s first goal, but Alberg made certainly that wasn’t the case at the quarter-hour mark. The midfielder smashed home Tranquillo Barnetta’s effort that hit the post, giving the Union control.
45+2′ — Dagger before the half — Everything he touches goes in! The 25-year-old is quickly becoming one of the best offseason finds in MLS.
56′ — Hat trick hero — It was only fitting the Alberg netted his first MLS hat trick after seemingly doing everything right on Wednesday. He brings his goalscoring total to four goals in the Union’s last two games.
69′ — Cocis pulls one back — The Union were caught off guard for the second time on the night, as Razvan Cocis slipped into a near post run and redirected Rodrigo Ramos’ cross goal bound.
80′ — Fire almost complete the comeback — Poor set piece defending almost undid the Union in a game that should’ve easily been in their clutches.
Man of the match: Roland Alberg
Goalscorers: David Accam (2′), Jonathan Campbell (11′ – OG), Roland Alberg (15′, 45+2′, 56′ – PK), Razvan Cocis (69′), Khaly Thiam (80′)Follow @MattReedFutbol