MLS Impact Union Soccer

Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman (23) heads the ball past Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong (17) during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Chester, Pa. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Michael Perez

The Philadelphia Union have signed forward CJ Sapong to a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2020.

Sapong, 29, signs the deal after he set the Union’s all-time record for goals in a season last year (16), which was also a personal-best single-season total for the Manassas, Virginia, native.

“We are pleased to complete this agreement with CJ, a critical part of the spine of our team,” Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “He fits perfectly in our system with his nose for goal and his hold-up play. We’d like to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the Philadelphia Union and we look forward to working with him for years to come.”

Ahead of the 2015 season, Philadelphia acquired Sapong from Sporting KC in exchange for the 10th overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He has scored at least seven goals in each of his three seasons with the Union.

The Union opened the 2018 season with a 2-0 win over New England. They host the Columbus Crew at 2 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ABC in Philadelphia.

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