New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Sapong struck four minutes from time to help the Philadelphia Union claim a point from a 1-1 draw with New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
New York created a handful of scoring opportunities in the opening period and managed to pull goalkeeper John McCarthy off his line on a few occasions, but the hosts were unable to break the deadlock before the interval.
The breakthrough finally came in the 57th minute when Khiry Shelton sent a cross-field pass to the top of the box where Mehdi Ballouchy was waiting to cut inside with a superb first touch and curl a brilliant left-footed effort just inside the far post.
The Union pushed in search of an equalizer and eventually found one in the 86th minute when a searching ball into the box was nodded down by Maurice Edu. Sapong was first to react, running onto the ball and sending a shot past Josh Saunders with a deft touch for his first goal with the Union.
The result sees Philadelphia build upon its defeat of New York at the weekend to improve to six points on the season.
New York also sits on six points, but the expansion side has not tasted victory since a 2-0 defeat of the New England Revolution on March 15.