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JMU's CJ Sapong Selection 10th Overall to Sporting Kansas City in MLS SuperDraft
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:01/13/2011
Courtesy: JMUSports.com
BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 13, 2011 -- James Madison men's soccer player CJ Sapong (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) was selected by Kansas City in the first round of the 2011 Major League Soccer Superdraft on Thursday.

Sapong, who was the 10th pick, earned the highest draft selection ever by a JMU soccer player.  He's the first first-round selection from the JMU men's soccer program.

The Dukes' senior was named the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2010 Team of the Season.  The JMU forward led the CAA and ranked among the leading NCAA Division I players in scoring with 33 points.   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).

He is the first JMU men's soccer player to win All-CAA First Team honors for four seasons.

Sapong is the fifth JMU player to be drafted by MLS.  Two former JMU players currently are on MLS rosters:  Kurt Morsink (JMU '07), DC United, and Nick Zimmerman (JMU '09), Philadelphia Union.

Zimmerman was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the third round of the 2009 Superdraft.  He was the 44th pick overall and was the 14th choice in the third round.

Morsink (JMU '07) was chosen by Kansas City in the fourth round of the 2007 Superdraft.  He was picked 42nd overall and was the third choice in the fourth round.

Comments from JMU Men's Soccer Coach Tom Martin :
"We're really happy for CJ and real proud of him too.  Being drafted that high is well deserved.  All the credit (for being drafted) goes to CJ.  His accolades back that up, but he really raised his stock at the MLS Combine (last weekend)."

"We all thought there was a possibility to go late in the first round or early in the second round, but to go 10th is quite an honor."

"He's going to bring a lot of enthusiasm to Kansas City, and they're going to enjoy him."

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