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Nashville SC signs veteran forward CJ Sapong

Oct 11, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire forward C.J. Sapong (9) traps the ball against D.C. United during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire forward C.J. Sapong (9) traps the ball against D.C. United during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville SC made a move to spruce up the offense on Wednesday by announcing the signing of veteran free agent forward CJ Sapong to a two-year deal with a club option for 2023.

The 32-year-old Sapong has 71 goals and 25 assists in 276 matches (210 starts) during 10 MLS seasons.

“CJ is a proven goal scorer who plays with the energy and enthusiasm needed in successful teams,” Nashville general manager Mike Jacobs said in a statement. “His athleticism and tenacity, coupled with his versatility to play multiple roles across the front line, makes him a handful to play against.

“He also adds to an attacking corps that really caught fire towards the end of our first season when we had our full complement of players. His addition only enhances that group.”

Nashville tallied just 24 goals during its first MLS season. Only two of the league’s 26 teams scored fewer.

Sapong had an injury plagued 2020 season while playing for the Chicago Fire as he played in just 11 matches and scored two goals. One season earlier, he scored 13 goals in his first campaign with the Fire.

Sapong played with the Philadelphia Union from 2015-18 and scored a career-best 16 goals in 2017.

Sapong spent his first four MLS seasons with Sporting Kansas City and was MLS Rookie of the Year in 2011 when he had five goals and five assists.

Also, Sapong has made four appearances for the United States men’s national team during his career.

–Field Level Media