From Major League Soccer Reports
KANSAS CITY, Kan., Sept. 21 2012 -- Former JMU men's soccer player CJ Sapong (JMU 2007-10) has been rated number two on Major League Soccer's list of the league's top players under 24 years old.
The Sporting Kansas City forward, who has scored game-winning goals in KC's last two matches, is in his second season of MLS play. He was the 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year.
According to the MLS "24 Under 24" feature, "Sapong is once again the undisputed first-choice center forward and he has already capitalized on the opportunity with two goals in his first three games as a starter."
Sapong is further described in the MLS article as "a handful. He's going to be in your face, he's going to run every ball down, he's going to challenge for every head ball. ... An athletic, strong forward that can really cause center backs problems ... Has pace, skill, size, power and strength ... Tremendous physical qualities. He's a very strong, physical runner ... He's a hard worker ... Powerful, dynamic young forward with lots of skills, and a great future with the US national team ... Athletic, strong and courageous ... Has the ability to best an opponent with speed or power ... Has good foot skills ... Fits extremely well with Sporting KC ... Has a good attitude and shows good energy on the field ... I would consider him one of the best strikers in MLS."
At JMU Sapong was voted the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year after leading the CAA and ranking among the leading NCAA Division I players in scoring with 33 points. In 2010 he shared the CAA lead in goals (12) and game-winning goals (4) and also topped the conference with nine assists. Sapong finished his JMU career ranked fifth all-time in points (95), seventh in goals (37) and fourth in game-winning goals (12).