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C.J. Sapong of Sporting Kansas City named MLS rookie of the year

Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong, who rose through the Prince William youth soccer program and starred at Manassas’s Forest Park High School and then James Madison University, was named MLS rookie of the year Tuesday.

Sapong, the 10th overall pick in last winter’s draft, easily outdistanced D.C. United defender Perry Kitchen and Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan to become the first Kansas City player to win the award. Portland Timbers forward Darlington Nagbe was fourth and Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin fifth.

Sapong, a first-team All-Met selection by The Post in 2007, was the only K.C. player to appear in every match this year and started 22 games. He contributed five goals and five assists.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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