Major League Soccer has announced that Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong has been named the 2011 Rookie of the Year.
Playing in all 34 games of first season in the league, Sapong scored five goals and helped SKC to first place in the Eastern Conference and eventually to the conference final.
He tied Will Bruin of the Houston Dynamo for first among rookie goalscorers, while also assisting team-mates to score on five occasions.
Sapong, 22, beat out D.C. United defender Perry Kitchen and Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan to win the award.
He was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after a stellar career at James Madison, one that saw him net 37 goals and 21 assists in four seasons.
He follows Andy Nejar (D.C. United) and Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy) as a winner of the award.
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