On Tuesday, November 7th, Philadelphia Union player C.J. Sapong, was called up to play in an interventional friendly against Portugal on November 14th. Sapong is set to make his third appearance with the national team as they kickoff at 3:45 on Tuesday. This will be a tough challenge for team USA as they face off against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side. Sapong must be eager and excited to show his hold up play and goal scoring ability to all his teammates and fans alike.

With Sapong’s presence in the lineup, it gives the United States coaching staff a chance to see his talent and ability to score plenty of goals. Sapong had a record year with the Philadelphia Union as he scored a career high 16 goals and macthed his most assists with five on the season. While the USMNT get ready to face Portugal this week, Sapong felt joy and relief once he received the news that he would be representing the team in Portugal.

Among the other strikers that will be joining Sapong are Juan Agudelo, Dom Dwyer, and Josh Sargent. Sargent has become a talented sensation at the young age of 17 as he makes his first appearance for the United States national team. For Agudelo and Dwyer they will be making their 27th and fourth start respectively. Going into this game, the strikers all hope to contribute to a big win on he road against one of the top teams in the world.

In addition to Sapong being called up for an appearance, Alejandro Bedoya is also set to play a big role in Tuesday’s game. With this said, it now marks that a total of nine Philadelphia Union players have received an international call up in 2017. Those following players include: Andre Blake, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty,Derrick Jones, Alejandro Bedoya, Haris Medunjanin, C.J. Sapong, Warren Creavalle, and Chris Pontius.

Once hearing about the great news of being called up Sapong stated, “I’ve felt a lot of positive energy around me … this season and I look forward to amplifying that at the international level.” As for Sapong’s  teammates and coaches, they must feel satisfied and overjoyed that Sapong finally earned a call up for the first time since 2012. As for Tuesday’s game, all Philadelphia Union fans will be rooting for Sapong to score some goals as he was a lone bright spot for the team this season.

“Photo: Paul Rudderow/Flickr”

Sean McMenamin

I am a junior at Cardinal O'Hara High School and I love all Philly sports team especially the Philadelphia Union. DOOP!

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