The Philadelphia Union’s C.J. Sapong was among the 30 players named to the U.S. Men’s National Team annual January camp by interim coach Dave Sarachan.
The USMNT’s January camp, informally known as “Camp Cupcake”, is the time when US Soccer gets to experiment with different players than those who have regularly represented the Red, White & Blue. The rosters for these camps are typically stocked with MLS players, since most European based players are in the midst of their regular season.
Sapong’s strong season has earned him a return call-up to the national team. He was also called up in November when the Yanks played Portugal to a 1-1 draw, earning an assist in the match. His only other appearance with the USMNT was back in 2012 in a friendly against Venezuela.
While the January camp is all about those whom are up-and-coming, they usually included a handful of veterans such as Alejandro Bedoya who was at last year’s camp. But since the USMNT failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup, there are no meaningful games to prepare for this year, so the roster is all about youth and the future. Sapong will report to the camp in Carson, CA on January 10, and hopefully he’ll be in the lineup when the Yanks take on Bosnia and Herzegovina (and Haris Medujanin perhaps) on January 28.
It’s January, and we’re all starving for action by the Union front office. Other than releasing or re-signing players from the 2017 roster, and seeing some assistant coaches move on, it has been quiet. Too quiet. So thanks to US Soccer for giving us something to look forward to in the near-term.
USMNT assistant coach set to join the Union
This is not the only USMNT-related news on the Union front. USMNT assistant coach Pat Noonan is reportedly coming to Philadelphia where he will take place of Mike Sorber, who left to work for Bob Bradley and the LA Galaxy. Considering the dreadful performance by the USMNT in 2017, I can’t say this excites me too much.