C. J. Sapong

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C. J. Sapong
CJ Sapong Sporting KC v San Jose Earthquakes.jpg
Personal information
Full name Charles Nana Kwabena Sapong
Date of birth (1988-12-27) December 27, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Manassas, Virginia, United States
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Youth career
D.C. United
2007–2010 James Madison Dukes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Fredericksburg Gunners 8 (0)
2010 Reading United 11 (4)
2011–2014 Sporting Kansas City 110 (20)
2013 Orlando City (loan) 4 (1)
2015– Philadelphia Union 0 (0)
National team
2012– United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 8, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 24, 2012

Charles "C. J." Nana Kwabena Sapong (/səˈpɒŋ/; born December 27, 1988) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

Career[edit]

College and amateur[edit]

Sapong played college soccer at James Madison University, where he ended his career with 37 goals and 21 assists in four seasons from 2007-2010. He was awarded First Team All-Conference and team Offensive MVP honors all four years, a first in program history, and was the CAA Player of the Year as a senior co-captain in 2010. Sapong was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region selection. As a freshman, he was named the CAA and VaSID Rookie of the Year and chosen to the Third Team All-South Atlantic Region.[1]

Sapong made eight appearances for Fredericksburg Gunners in the USL Premier Development League in 2009,[2] and made eleven appearances and scored four goals for Reading United during their 2010 PDL season.[3]

Professional[edit]

On January 14, 2011, Sapong was drafted #10 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City.[1] He signed with the club on March 1, 2011.[4] He made his professional debut on March 19, in Kansas City's opening game of the 2011 MLS season against Chivas USA; he scored his first professional goal after just two minutes of the game, helping his team to a 3–2 victory.[5]Sapong was awarded the MLS Rookie of the Year Award for 2011, edging out Perry Kitchen and Michael Farfan, who finished second and third, respectively.[6]

Sapong was loaned to USL Pro's Orlando City in July 2013.[7] On July 18, only a week after being loaned to Orlando, Sapong was recalled by Sporting Kansas City. In total, Sapong scored 1 goal in 3 matches while tallying 1 assist.[8]

He was traded to the Philadelphia Union following the 2014 season.

International career[edit]

On 21 January 2012, Sapong made his debut for the senior side of his country (as a second-half substitute) in the 1–0 win over Venezuela in a friendly match.

Career statistics[edit]

All-time club performance
Club Season United States MLS US Open Cup Playoffs CONCACAF Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Sporting Kansas City
2011 34 5 1 0 3 1 - - 38 6
2012 31 9 5 2 2 0 - - 38 11
2013 25 2 - - 2 0 - - 27 2
2014 20 4 - - - - 20 4
Club Total - 110 20 6 2 7 1 - - 100 21
Orlando City
2013 4 1 - - - - - - 4 1
Club Total 4 1 - - - - - - 4 1
Career Total 110 21 6 2 7 1 - - 123 24

Stats accurate as of December 7, 2014

Honors[edit]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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