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CJ Sapong earns the start in United States friendly in Portugal

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Philadelphia Union striker had an assist in his first cap since 2012

Portugal vs USA - International Friendly Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

CJ Sapong earned his first international cap in nearly six years on Tuesday in the starting XI for the United States Men’s National Team in a friendly in Portugal.

The international appearances is the third ever for the Philadelphia Union forward and his first since January 25, 2012.

Sapong, who led U.S.-eligible players with 16 goals in MLS this season, fired off his first shot just a minute into the game, but it was right at the Portugal keeper. He then helped set up Weston McKennie for a goal in the 21st minute. McKennie, the 19-year-old who plays in Germany with Schalke 04, became the 49th U.S. player to score on his national team debut.

After a lively first half, Sapong had a quieter second half but still managed to draw three fouls (to go with one drawn in the first half) before giving way to substitute Dom Dwyer in the 77th minute.