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Sapong's goal lifts Union past Sounders

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:03 AM Chester, PA ( - C.J. Sapong scored in the 69th minute and the Philadelphia Union held on for a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC at PPL Park on Wednesday.

The Sounders were playing without their top three forwards in Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Chad Barrett, and it showed as the visitors struggled to mount a consistent attack.

Seattle has now lost three of its last four games, while Sapong has scored in four straight matches for the Union, who snapped a two-game losing skid.

The Union had a great chance to snatch the lead on the half-hour mark when Andrew Wenger was struck with a high boot to the face by Dylan Remick inside the penalty area.

Maurice Edu stepped forward to take the kick, but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Stefan Frei, who dove to his right.

Cristian Maidana went close with a shot from the top of the penalty area in the 56th minute, but the lone arrived in the 69th minute.

Sheanon Williams lofted a ball to the front of goal for Sapong, who got up and turned a header past Frei from six yards despite Frei getting a hand to the ball.

Seattle had a good chance to level the contest in the 89th minute when substitute Darwin Jones dashed down the right wing and into the penalty area, only to fire his shot into the outside of the net.