CJ Sapong (left) celebrates with his Union teammates last Saturday. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
CHESTER, Pa. – Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong just might want to send the Red Bulls a thank you note.
On Tuesday, he was named the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters for the 10th week of this season.
Sapong registered the first hat-trick of his MLS career and the third three-goal performance in club history Saturday, scoring in the 74th, 81st and 85th minutes en route to a 3-0 victory over the Red Bulls.
The 11-minute hat trick was tied for the eighth-fastest hat trick in league history, equaling Zack Schilawski’s trio of goals for New England April 10, 2010. It was also the third hat-trick in Union history, joining Sebastien Le Toux (April 10, 2010 vs. D.C. United) and Roland Alberg (June 22, 2016 vs. the Chicago Fire).
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.
MLS Players of the week:
Week 1: Diego Valeri, POR
Week 2: Josef Martinez, ATL
Week 3: Maxi Urruti, DAL
Week 4: Juan Agudelo, NE
Week 5: Erick Torres, HOU
Week 6: Albert Rusnak, RSL
Week 7: Nemanja Nikolic, CHI
Week 8: Sebastian Giovinco, TOR
Week 9: Jack Harrison, NYC
Week 10: CJ Sapong, PHI