Wednesday, April 11, 2012

11 Questions: C.J. Sapong (Sporting KC)

Courtesy of Sporting KC
The biggest story in Major League Soccer so far this season is not David Beckham doing Burger King  ads, it is the tremendous start for Sporting KC who are a perfect 5-0-0 and have the best record in the league. Not only does the team play in arguably in the greatest stadium in the league (Livestong Sporting Park), they also have one of the most talented, young squads in the league that appears poised to make a run at the title. A major part of Sporting's success over the last two seasons has been their star striker, C.J. Sapong.

Sapong is a product of Virginia soccer youth camps, PDL teams, and James Madison University. After a stellar collegiate career where he earned first team all-conference honors in all four years, he was chosen tenth overall by Sporting in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. It only took two minutes into his professional career to score his first goal against Chivas helping KC win the match 3-2. More firsts for C.J. last season as he became the first player to score an MLS goal at Liverstrong Sporting Park when it opened last June. Starting the majority of matches for the team and totaling five goals and five assists and taking home the honor of MLS Rookie of the Year last season.

Sapong has a great sense of humor, as is evident from his tweets (@BigAfrika88) and his impromptu raps to Hope Solo. Naturally, we were excited to have a chance to sit down with him for a few minutes for an interview.. Needless to say, the outcome was nothing less than spectacular, perhaps even magical if you include the Harry Potter reference. So now we present C.J. Sapong and his crack at "11 Questions".

1. South Africa had the Jabulani, Mexico had the Azteca, but what would you name the official World Cup ball next time it is played in the US?
The Perform

2. What sport would you be playing if you didn't play soccer?
Basketball

3. I don't always drink beer, but when I do I prefer ______? (favorite beer).
Heineken

4. I'll give you the shirt off my back. Which opponent's jersey have you received following a match that you cherish the most?
Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

5. Justin Bieber might be coming to town, but who do you really want to see in concert?
I would love to see 311 (Hey C.J., 311 is in KC on August 18th)

6. Put me in coach. If you were coaching yourself as a player, what area would you tell yourself to focus on for improvement?
Finishing

7. Game day, 1 hour before kick-off, what's on in your headphones for motivation?
Michael Jackson, Drake, 311

8. Team spirit. Who's your favorite sports team to cheer for outside of soccer?
Philadelphia Eagles

9. Chance of a lifetime. Would you give up your soccer career if you had a chance to fly into space?
No way

10. Have it your way. Whether at home or on the road, what fast food chain are you visiting?
McDonald's

11. Coming to a theater near you. Who would play the part of you in a movie about your life?
Daniel Radcliffe

A little back story on the last question, apparently C.J. is a big Harry Potter fan, or at least that is what he told us. Regardless, if Daniel Radcliffe considers himself a serious actor and wants to breakaway from Hogwarts, we expect him to take on the lead role in C.J.'s bio-pict. Thanks again to C.J. for the interview and good luck to him and the rest of Sporting KC on their MLS season. Special thanks to Alice Schroeder for helping out with the interview.

Missed any of our previous "11 Questions" interviews with Stuart Holden, Brian Ching, Jamie Watson, Andy Najar, and more? Check out our dedicated "11 Questions" tab right on our homepage.

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