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Countdown to 2018 Home Opener: CJ Sapong's Growth

Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong was one of the most important players to the club during the 2017 season, setting career highs and earning his call-up to the United State's Men's National Team.

Last season, Sapong broke the Union's single-season goal record with 16 goals and tied his career high with five assists. Out of his 16 goals scored, 13 of them came at Talen Energy Stadium, the most ever recorded at home by a Union player.

The forward also set several career milestones with his first ever hat-trick against New York Red Bulls. Sapong then went on to appear in his 200th MLS game against Chicago Fire where he scored his 50th career goal on Oct. 15.

Sapong's hard work continued to pay off for the US Men's National Team when he earned his first international call-up since 2012 in the team's friendly against Portugal. He started in his third appearance ever for the USMNT and recorded one assist in the match. 

As the new year rang in, Sapong was called-up again for the USMNT and earned his 4th cap with a start in an international friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, walking away with a 0-0 draw.

This season, Sapong is looking forward to recording new career highs and shattering franchise records.

Sapong and the Boys in Blue will kick off the 2018 campaign with a home opener against New England Revolution, presented by Oliver Heating and Cooling, on March 3. Tickets for the match can be found here.


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