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Chicago Fire acquire U.S. striker C.J. Sapong from Philadelphia Union

With a new manager and another big signing in the winter, Atlanta United are gearing up to defend their MLS Cup title in 2019.

The Chicago Fire have acquired striker C.J. Sapong from the Philadelphia Union, the club announced on Saturday.

Sapong, 30, changes clubs for what could be up to $450,000 in combined allocation money, with the Union set to receive $200,000 in 2019 General Allocation Money, $100,000 in 2020 Targeted Allocation Money, and possibly an additional amount in 2019 General Allocation Money.

"CJ has produced many memorable moments in a Union shirt, and his efforts in the community have been admirable,"...


Philadelphia Union sign forward CJ Sapong to new contract

The Philadelphia Union have signed forward CJ Sapong to a new deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

Though terms of the contract have not been revealed, Sapong, 29, is set to receive a raise on the $300,000 he made last season and will now stay at the club through 2019, with Philadelphia retaining an option for the 2020 season.

"We are pleased to complete this agreement with CJ, a critical part of the spine of our team," sporting director Earnie Stewart said. "He fits perfectly in our system with...


Who scored the goal of Week 22 in MLS? Vote now!

Relive the top goals from Week 22 throughout Major League Soccer.

Diego Valeri, David Villa, Matt Polster, Ilsinho or C.J. Sapong: Who scored the MLS Goal of the Week?

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 By Arch Bell

Romain Alessandrini, Tim Melia among biggest MLS All-Star snubs

The MLS All-Star roster is now complete with the announcement of the 13 players who will be joining the MLS All-Star Fan XI that was announced just under two weeks ago.

Here are some thoughts on the group that has been selected to square off against mighty Real Madrid in Chicago on Aug. 2.

1. Selections raise eyebrows

Between the fan-selected XI and the roster additions made public on Tuesday, there are a few players headed to Chicago who are taking spots from some more deserving players.


 By Arch Bell

Sapong leads U.S. scorers in MLS while Brooks' struggles continue in Berlin

United States national team head coach Bruce Arena will soon announce his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers. Here's a list of who did and did not impress the big boss in the past week.

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Geoff Cameron, DF, Stoke City (Premier League)

Why he's here: Cameron had a very strong finish to the Premier League season. On May 6, he was involved in Stoke's two goals in a 2-2 draw versus Bournemouth, and this past Saturday he provided the assist on Peter Crouch's goal in the Potters'...

 By Jason Davis

Union remind Philly what a win is; Houston shows Orlando a rude defeat

With another round of Major League Soccer in the books, here's who fired and who failed this weekend:


After such a long wait, it wouldn't be surprising to hear that Philadelphia Union fans have forgotten how to feel when their team wins a match. Before Saturday's 3-0 home romp over the Red Bulls, Philadelphia hadn't won an MLS game since Aug. 27, 2016.

Whatever spoils there are from beating a regional rival at home belong almost entirely to C.J. Sapong. The striker is now tied for the league...