Missing Saturday's match against Toronto FC is just the start of issues for Philadelphia Union forward CJ Sapong. The 26-year-old will be out of the league for an indefinite period after he was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.
Sapong's transgressions were first announced by the league Friday night. The league also confirmed Sapong will undergo an assessment from Major League Soccer's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program doctors. This is part of the league's substance abuse policy.
Until the doctors have finalized their assessment, Sapong will not be eligible to play in any games for the Union. At that time he has the possibility of being cleared for participation and return to action.
"We were alerted to the situation this morning and have been in contact with the league office, law enforcement and C.J.'s family," said Philadelphia Union director Chris Albright in a press release. "Moving forward, we will continue to work together with the league in following the appropriate procedures. We will have further comment once more information is available."
Sapong has one goal and one assist in six games this season with the Union. He has played 116 games in the league since he joined the league in 2011. In that time he has scored 21 goals and added 10 assists. He was the league's rookie of the year in his first ever season. He has also represented the United States internationally.