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Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/29/18

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MLS moves and the USMNT result, all in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Medunjanin, Sapong both start in international friendly
The two teammates faced off in Carson last night.

MLS News

Report: Toronto FC to sign Gregory van der Wiel to two-year deal
The Reds have made their first new signing of 2018 (pending a medical).

MLS transfer rumors, Galaxy hire Schmid, LAFC hires Bob Bradley: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/28/17

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Blake injury news, two new coaches in LA, and new from across the Atlantic.

Philadelphia Union News

Even on a record-setting night, Sapong's goal was the least of his Union contributions
On a night when C.J. Sapong hit double-digit goals for the first time in his seven-year MLS career, it was probably his contribution in other areas that propelled the Union to a 3-0 home win against Columbus.

Philadelphia Union

Union try to squash PK controversy on season-saving night

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CHESTER, PA As the Philadelphia Union left the field to an abundance of cheers, there was a bit of animosity waiting to be addressed in the locker room.

In the first half of the Union's 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew, a small argument occurred near the penalty spot between Roland Alberg and C.

Brotherly Debate: Can the Union advance in the MLS Cup playoffs with a goalless Sapong?

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Debates rage behind the scenes at Brotherly Game. Here's one about CJ Sapong and if the Union can advance far in the MLS Cup race without him scoring goals.

It's debate season, and the Philadelphia Union are providing plenty of topics to debate. Here at Brotherly Game we prefer to rationally debate issues over making patently false statements and insulting people.

Philadelphia Union extend Sapong's contract

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Philadelphia Union striker CJ Sapong will be with the club for another three years.

The Philadelphia Union announced today that forward CJ Sapong has agreed to an extension on his current contract, giving him another three years in Philadelphia. Sapong was initially added to the roster following the Amobi Okugo trade with Sporting Kansas City in December of 2014.

Appearances and Minutes vs Philadelphia

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More stats for you, today appearances and minutes against Philadelphia.

First league appearances.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 6
2. Chance Myers - 5
Kei Kamara - 5
4. Julio Cesar - 4
Seth Sinovic - 4
CJ Sapong - 4
Graham Zusi - 4
Matt Besler - 4
Teal Bunbury - 4
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CJ Sapong

Match report: New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Red Bulls hit the post twice in the first half, but CJ Sapong's second half re-introduction to the team sparked the Union to a 2-0 win. It was Philadelphia's first victory at Red Bull Arena and their first road win of 2015.

How will CJ Sapong fit in Jim Curtin's system?

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CJ Sapong has his strengths and weaknesses. We examine what they are and offer a few ideas for how Curtin might best use the new forward.

The Philadelphia Union faithful know this off-season is the off-season of the striker. The strikers of yesteryear are a mere ghost of themselves. Conor Casey might be back as a reserve and Pedro Ribeiro was lost in the expansion draft.

Opposite View: What to expect from CJ Sapong

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Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament, SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog, gives us some insight into the newly acquired CJ Sapong.

CJ Sapong burst onto the scene in 2011 as a rookie, scoring the first goal for Sporting Kansas City under the rebrand in 2011 and winning Rookie of the Year that same year.

Sapong and Ellis on Their Way to Orlando

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Sporting KC announced today the two new loaned players to Orlando City. The rumored CJ Sapong loan was confirmed by the team today. Joining Sapong will be wingback, Kevin Ellis. Ellis has made 3 appearances in all competitions this season, including becoming the first home grown player for KC to appear in and start a league game.

Next Loan to Orlando

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Since the recall of Dom Dwyer and releasing Yann Songo'o from his contract, there have only been two Sporting KC players on loan with affiliate club, Orlando City. That looks set to change. Earlier in the day, CJ Sapong posted this post on Twitter. He has since deleted the post, but assumptions can definitely be made.

Appearances and Minutes vs Vancouver

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Here are the appearances and minutes against Vancouver. Sporting and Vancouver have only met in league play.

Here are the appearances for KC.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 3
Matt Besler - 3
Roger Espinoza - 3
Kei Kamara - 3
CJ Sapong - 3
6. Teal Bunbury - 2
Chance Myers - 2
Aurelien Collin - 2
Seth Sinovic - 2
Graham Zusi - 2
Michael Harrington - 2
Julio Cesar - 2
Milos Stojcev - 2
Davy Arnaud - 2

Here are the minutes for KC.

Appearances and Minutes vs Portland

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Another set of stats, this time Portland. Sporting and Portland have only played in league play, so here's the list for both.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 3
Chance Myers - 3
Matt Besler - 3
Kei Kamara - 3
Roger Espinoza - 3
Graham Zusi - 3
Julio Cesar - 3
CJ Sapong - 3
Teal Bunbury - 3
10.

Appearances and Minutes vs the Montreal Impact

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Here's a look today at Sporting's appearances and minutes against the newest club in the league, Montreal. Obviously not many changes here because the teams have only played 3 times.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 3
Chance Myers - 3
Matt Besler - 3
Paulo Nagamura - 3
Graham Zusi - 3
Kei Kamara - 3
CJ Sapong - 3
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The Rest

Sapong near the league's elite in creating goals

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Sapong's whirlwind season has ultimately been a resounding success. Here's a look at some statistics that rank him close to the league's elite.

To say that C.J. Sapong's season has been a re-birth is an understatement. Coming into the season as depth behind Designated Player Fernando Aristeguieta, he instead leads the Union in scoring, even while playing just 1,115 minutes this season.