Nashville’s CJ Sapong named to MLS Team of the Week

Nashville SC striker CJ Sapong was named to the MLS Team of the Week on Monday. The 32-year-old veteran scored twice and assisted another in Nashville’s 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati on Saturday.

Since head coach Gary Smith introduced a front three of Sapong, Hany Mukhtar and Randall Leal, Nashville’s attack has been revitalized. The trio have scored a total of 15 goals on the season, and when they’ve started together, they’ve contributed a combined nine goals and four assists.

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Sapong’s brace puts his season total at five goals and three assists. Only Mukhtar has more in either category for Nashville, and Sapong doesn’t look like he’ll relinquish the starting job anytime soon, despite the recent acquisition of Ak√© Loba for a club record $6.8 million.

Nashville SC 2021 Team of the Week selections

CJ Sapong | Week 15
Luke Haakenson | Week 9
Randall Leal | Week 1, Week 6 (bench), Week 11
Jack Maher | Week 9 (bench)
Hany Mukhtar | Week 7, Week 12 (bench), Week 13
Alex Muyl | Week 4 
Dan Lovitz | Week 13 (bench)
Joe Willis | Week 3, Week 14 (bench) 
Walker Zimmerman | Week 4

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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