Former Men's Soccer Player Sapong Scores Twice in U.S. Open Cup
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From Sporting Kansas City Reports
KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 26, 2012 -- Former JMU men's soccer CJ Sapong (JMU 2007-10) scored two goals in Sporting Kansas City's 3-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals Tuesday night.
The win moved Sporting KC into the Cup semifinals against the Philadelphia Union on July 11 at PPL Park.
Sapong opened the scoring in the game's fifth minute in fortuitous circumstance, finding himself in the right place at the right time to redirect Seth Sinovic's long-range shot mid-route. The deflection shifted Sinovic's shot to the opposite side of the goal, leaving Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams out of position and unable to recover in time.
Sapong, the reigning Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year, continued to threaten on a night that would see him record a single-game career-high seven shots. In the 12th minute, his header went over the bar on a cross from Michael Harrington. One minute later, his shot from the left side went right at Williams.
Sporting Kansas City notched their second goal of the match in the 56th minute when Jacob Peterson received a cross from Seth Sinovic and tapped the ball back to Graham Zusi, who took a curling shot from 20 yards out that sailed around Williams and into the net.
Just three minutes later, Sapong scored his second goal of the match with a precise header off of a corner kick from Soony Saad. The goal, Sapong's fifth in U.S. Open Cup competition, moves him into a tie atop the team's all-time chart for goals in U.S. Open Cup play and the club improves to 13-0-0 in all competition when Sapong scores.
* Sapong's goal was the earliest goal scored by Sporting Kansas City in U.S. Open Cup play since Teal Bunbury scored in the 3rd minute last year against Chicago Fire PDL.
* CJ Sapong added his second goal of the evening in the 59th minute heading home a Soony Saad corner kick. With the goal, Sapong is now tied for first on the team's all-time chart with Davy Arnaud and Igor Stimutenkov with five goals scored in U.S. Open Cup competition.
* CJ Sapong had a career high in shots in all-competition with seven.
* Sporting Kansas City is 13-0-0 in all competition when CJ Sapong scores a goal.
POST-GAME QUOTES:Sporting Kansas City forward CJ Sapong
On Sporting KC's 3-0 victory over the Dayton Dutch Lions...
We showed good character tonight, responding well to our bad game Saturday. Even though they were a lower division team, they came here excited to play, and we stifled them. Tonight we played like we normally play, which is a very good thing to see going into our game Friday against Chicago.
On achieving his first multi-goal game for Sporting KC...
It feels great. Too many times I feel like I've scored a goal and then drifted out of a game. Today I didn't want to be content with one. Even though it was an Open Cup game, I'm glad to finally have a multi-goal game. Hopefully I can do that in league play.
On Sporting KC playing several games in a short time span...
We're definitely feeling the effects of the crowded schedule we have. But the good thing is everybody on this team can step up. Everyone on this team can have a positive impact. We have injuries and fatigue, but we can handle it.
On being two wins away from winning the U.S. Open Cup...
We want hardware. We want something to show for our hard work and our talent. Tonight we took a step closer to that. Obviously we are very excited to play Philadelphia again. We feel like we owe them something after what happened on Saturday.