It's no secret that Union forward CJ Sapong had a successful 2017 season, but this year he's looking to start off on an even higher note — beginning with his call-up to the US Men's National Team's annual January training camp.
Sapong earned his third career cap for the US back on November 14 in the team's international friendly against Portugal. Despite walking away with a 1-1 draw against the Portuguese, it was clear Sapong made his mark on the pitch.
During the match, Sapong earned his spot as the starting striker and fulfilled his role from the opening whistle. It was his first call-up since 2012, but he played as if he was a long time veteran of the team.
The game was in the USMNT's favor from the beginning. In the first minute, Sapong gave the US their first chance at scoring when he took a shot in the box but was ultimately saved.
Later on in the 21st minute, Sapong earned himself his first international point with an assist and proved he belonged on the team. He worked the ball all the way into the 18 where he dished a pass to Weston McKinnie. In the box, McKinnie ripped a shot into the back of the net for his first career USMNT goal.
Sapong was then subbed out of the match in the 77th minute for Dom Dwyer, but finished the game with one assist and one shot on goal.
Sapong and the USMNT will begin training from January 10-29 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and will compete in an international friendly on January 28 vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Shortly after, Sapong will return from his duties with the US and head to Clearwater, Florida to train for preseason with the Union. A detailed schedule regarding preseason will be released in the next couple days.