Striker C.J. Sapong, Commissioner Don Garber pose after Sapong pick.
Tony Quinn

Sporting Kansas City Selects C.J. Sapong

Sporting Kansas City selected striker C.J. Sapong with the 10th overall selection in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

Sapong, 22, comes to Kansas City after finishing his college career at James Madison University with 37 goals and 21 assists in four seasons from 2007-2010. He was awarded First Team All-Conference and team Offensive MVP honors all four years, a first in program history, and was the CAA Player of the Year as a senior co-captain in 2010. Sapong  was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region selection. As a freshman, he was named the CAA and VaSID Rookie of the Year and chosen to the Third Team All-South Atlantic Region.

A Virginia native, Sapong attended Forest Park High School where he was honored as the Northwest Region and Cardinal District Player of the Year, and he played club soccer for the PWSI Magnum and D.C. United Youth Academy. He also played for the Fredericksburg Gunners of the USL Premier Development League and was the leading scorer for  PDL side Reading United as they reached the final four in 2010.

Immediately after being selected, Sapong said of his style of play, "I'm a hard worker. I play with a chip on my shoulder."

C.J. Sapong – 10th Overall (1st Round)
Position: Forward
Born: 12/27/1988
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
College: James Madison University
Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Citizenship: USA