C. J. Sapong
|Full name||Charles Nana Kwabena Sapong|
|Date of birth||December 27, 1988|
|Place of birth||Manassas, Virginia, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2007–2010||James Madison Dukes|
|2011–2014||Sporting Kansas City||110||(20)|
|2013||→ Orlando City (loan)||4||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 15, 2016.
College and amateur
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.
Sapong made eight appearances for Fredericksburg Gunners in the USL Premier Development League in 2009, and made eleven appearances and scored four goals for Reading United during their 2010 PDL season.
On January 14, 2011, Sapong was drafted #10 overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City. He signed with the club on March 1, 2011. 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.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.
Sapong was loaned to USL Pro's Orlando City in July 2013. 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.
|Sporting Kansas City
|Orlando City (loan)
|Sporting Kansas City
|Sporting Kansas City||110||20||10||2||7||1||9||0||136||23|
Stats accurate as of December 7, 2015
Sporting Kansas City
- MLS Rookie of the Year: 2011
- "Sporting Kansas City Selects C.J. Sapong". Sporting Kansas City.
- United Soccer Leagues (USL)
- United Soccer Leagues (USL) Archived June 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Sporting KC Signs Three to MLS Contracts". Sporting Kansas City.
- Bravo's debut double for Sporting sinks Chivas USA
- "Sporting KC's Sapong named Rookie of the Year". MLSsoccer.com.
- "Sporting KC". kansascity.
- "Philadelphia Union acquires forward C.J. Sapong from Sporting Kansas City". Philadelphia Union.