JMU Men's Soccer's Sapong Signs with Sporting Kansas City of MLS
HARRISONBURG, Va., March 11, 2011 -- Former JMU men's soccer standout CJ Sapong has officially signed with Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City.
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"His progression has been very good," Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said of Sapong in an article on MLSsoccer.com. "He's very coachable. He learns very fast and he has a real ambition to be successful. You put all those things together, and with his athleticism, it can be a dangerous combination."
Sapong, who was the 10th pick in January's MLS SuperDraft, 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.