Philadelphia Union Sign CJ Sapong To New Multi-Year Contract
Union’s single-season goalscoring record holder signs new multi-year contract with Philadelphia
CHESTER, Pa. (March 14, 2018) – Philadelphia Union announced today that they have signed forward CJ Sapong to a new contract. The agreement ensures that Sapong, whose deal was set to expire after the 2018 season, will remain under contract with the club through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
Sapong, 29, signs a new deal with Philadelphia after he set the Union’s all-time record for goals in a season (16), also a personal-best single-season total for the Manassas, Virginia native. Leaguewide, since Sapong joined the Union ahead of the 2015 campaign, he is tied for 13th in goals by any player (33).
“We are pleased to complete this agreement with CJ, a critical part of the spine of our team,” said Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “He fits perfectly in our system with his nose for goal and his hold-up play. We’d like to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the Philadelphia Union and we look forward to working with him for years to come.”
Sapong originally entered MLS as the 10th overall pick by Sporting Kansas City in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He made 34 appearances during his first campaign, scoring five goals and adding five assists en route to being named the MLS Rookie of the Year. In 2012, he won the U.S. Open Cup with Sporting KC, and followed that up with an MLS Cup victory with the club in 2013. In total, he spent four seasons with Sporting KC, totaling 110 appearances with 20 goals and nine assists.
Ahead of the 2015 season, Philadelphia acquired Sapong from Sporting in exchange for the 10th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He has scored at least seven goals in each of his three seasons with the Union, including a career- and club-record best 16 in 2017.
Internationally, Sapong has registered four 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 his strong 2017 season he received the nod to represent the USA ahead of a friendly at Portugal (November 14). He started that match, recording an assist in a 1-1 draw.
He was once again called up by the USMNT ahead of its annual January camp on January 8, 2018. Running from January 10-29, the camp took place at StubHub Center in Carson, California and included an international friendly on January 28 vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Sapong started.
Prior to becoming a professional, Sapong played for Union developmental affiliate Reading United AC. He was also a two-time NSCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region player in 2009 and 2010 while at James Madison University.
TRANSACTION: Philadelphia Union sign forward CJ Sapong to a new contract on March 14, 2018.
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 10th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Signed to a new multi-year contract on February 8, 2016. Signed to another new multi-year contract on March 14, 2018.