2017 (Philadelphia): Sapong made 33 appearances at forward (30 starts) for Philadelphia in 2017, scoring 16 goals (setting the all-time Union single-season record) while adding five assists ... he came on as a second-half substitute in the club's opening match at Vancouver (March 5) ... Sapong again came on as a substitute for the injured Jay Simpson during the home opener against Toronto FC (March 11), scoring the game tying goal in the 73rd minute ... he started in the contest at Orlando (March 18), his first start of the season, where he scored for the second consecutive match ... coming on as a substitute at D.C. United (April 1), Sapong tallied for the third consecutive match, the first time he had done that since he scored in four straight appearances from June 3, 2015 through June 24, 2015 … it was the first time that a Union player scored in three straight matches since Roland Alberg from June 18, 2016 through June 25, 2016 (five goals over the span) ... returned to the starting lineup for the contest vs. Portland (April 8) and continued there vs. New York City FC (April 14) and vs. Montreal (April 22), where he notched one goal and one assist, the third time he has achieved at least one of each in a single match during his MLS career ... started his fourth consecutive match by getting the nod at LA Galaxy (April 29) ... in his fifth consecutive start, vs. the New York Red Bulls (May 6), Sapong registered the first hat trick of his MLS career in a 3-0 win ... with his fifth, sixth and seventh goals in the contest, he tied for the MLS goal-scoring lead following the match (with Houston's Erick Torres) ... it was also tied for the eighth-fastest hat trick in MLS history (11 minutes) as well as the third overall hat trick in Union history (joining Sebastien Le Toux and Roland Alberg) ... was named MLS Player of the Week for his hat trick performance, becoming the seventh different Union player to ever receive that honor ... continued in the starting lineup at D.C. United (May 13) and vs. Houston (May 17), where he registered his second assist of the season ... scored the game-tying goal from the penalty spot as part of a start vs. Colorado (May 20), his eighth goal of the year ... started at Real Salt Lake (May 27) and at NYCFC (June 3), where he registered his third assist of the season ... was named to the USMNT's provisional roster ahead of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup ... made his 11th consecutive start with the nod vs. the New York Red Bulls (June 18) and continued there in every Union regular-season match through the contest at Montreal (July 19) ... scored his ninth goal of the year vs. New England (July 2), tying his single-season career best ... started the friendly against Swansea City AFC (July 15), opening the scoring with a converted penalty kick ... missed the match at Columbus (July 22) after being listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain ... returned to the starting lineup vs. Columbus (July 26), where he scored his single-season career-best 10th goal while adding two assists, tying his single-season career high in that category ... continued in the starting lineup at New England (July 29) ... notched a brace in a start vs. FC Dallas (August 5) ... started vs. Montreal (August 12) and in every match through the end of the year ... scored his 13th goal of the season in a start at Minnesota (September 9) ... tied the Union's all-time single-season goal-scoring record with his 14th tally in a win over Chicago (September 23) ... set the record with his 15th and 16th goals in the season finale vs. Orlando (October 22) ... in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Sapong made two appearances (two starts), scoring a goal ... he started at left midfield and scored in the Fourth Round win over Harrisburg (June 14) ... started at right midfield in the Round of 16 match at the New York Red Bulls (June 28).
2016 (Philadelphia): In his second year with the Union, Sapong appeared in 31 matches, totaling seven goals and two assists. He scored twice as part of a 3-0 win against New England on March 20, 2016. He also played one U.S. Open Cup match, the quarterfinals against New England on July 21, 2016, and started the Union’s MLS Cup Playoff match against Toronto FC on October 27, 2016.
2015 (Philadelphia): Sapong was traded to Philadelphia before the 2015 MLS season, and he made 27 appearances for the club in his first season there, scoring nine times and adding four assists. His debut for the Union came on March 7, 2015 against Colorado and his first goal for the team came on April 17, 2015 against New York City FC. He scored in four straight matches from June 4, 2015 through June 25, 2015 against Seattle. He also made four appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, including in the final against his former club, as the Union made a run to the final.
2014 (Sporting Kansas City): Making 20 regular-season appearances in 2014, Sapong scored two goals in his fourth season for SKC. He also appeared in one MLS Cup Playoffs contest and three CONCACAF Champions League appearances.
2013 (Sporting Kansas City): Sapong made 25 appearances in his third MLS season, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He also made five MLS Cup Playoffs appearances as Sporting Kansas City won MLS Cup; Sapong played 120 minutes in the final, a victory over Real Salt Lake. He made two U.S. Open Cup appearances and also made five appearances during a brief midseason loan stint in the USL with Orlando City SC. He played in six matches during the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League.
2012 (Sporting Kansas City): The forward followed up his Rookie of the Year season with nine goals and two assists in 31 matches for Sporting. He scored in three of the first four regular-season matches. He also made five appearances in the U.S. Open Cup en route to SKC winning the competition. He scored two goals against the Dayton Dutch Lions in the quarterfinals and he made a substitute appearance in the final against Seattle. Sapong also made two MLS Cup Playoff appearances.
2011 (Sporting Kansas City): Sapong was drafted by Sporting KC tenth overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and made 34 appearances during his rookie year, scoring five goals and adding five assists en route to being named the MLS Rookie of the Year. He was the only Sporting player to appear in every regular-season match, scoring in his debut appearance, against Chivas USA, on March 19, 2011. He also made one U.S. Open Cup appearance and three appearances in the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Sapong has registered two caps for the United States National Team after being invited to its 2012 January camp. He debuted for the team as a substitute in a friendly against Venezuela (January 21) and earned his second cap four days later with another substitute appearance against Panama. After a strong start to the 2017 season with the Union, he was named to the USMNT's provisional roster ahead of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the tournament set to take place from July 7-26.
Sapong was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region player in 2009 and 2010 while at James Madison University. He was the first player at James Madison to win conference First-Team honors four times. He was also named 2010 Hermann Trophy Watch List, CAA Player of the Year, 2009 First Team Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star, Second Team All-State, 2007 Third Team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region, CAA Rookie of the Year, VaSID Rookie of the Year and First Team All-State.
Philadelphia Union acquired forward CJ Sapong from Sporting Kansas City on December 8, 2014 in exchange for the Union’s highest overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Name: CJ Sapong
Born: December 27, 1988 in Manassas, VA
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Philadelphia Union acquired forward CJ Sapong from Sporting Kansas City on December 8, 2014 in exchange for the Union’s highest overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft
Previous Experience: Sporting Kansas City (2011-2014), Orlando City SC (USL) (2013)