Union forward earned third career USMNT cap vs. Portugal last November after strong 2017 campaign
CHESTER, Pa. (Jan. 8, 2018) – In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, Philadelphia Union today announced that forward CJ Sapong has been called up by the United States Men’s National Team ahead of its annual January training camp.
Set to run from January 10-29, the camp takes place at StubHub Center in Carson, California and includes an international friendly on January 28 vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“I’m extremely humbled and energized for this opportunity to represent the United States Men’s National Team as a call up for January camp,” said Sapong. “I’ve felt a lot of positive energy around me on and off the field over the past year and I look forward to amplifying that at the international level and the club level in 2018.”
Over his full career, Sapong has registered three 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. After the season, during which he recorded a career-best 16 goals in MLS play, he earned an official call-up, receiving the nod to represent the USA ahead of a friendly at Portugal (November 14). He started that match, registering an assist in a 1-1 draw.
The Philadelphia Union begin the 2018 MLS season with a home contest against the New England Revolution on Saturday, March 3.