Sporting Kansas City send CJ Sapong, Kevin Ellis on loan to Orlando City

Ellis, Sapong split pic for SKC to Orlando loan

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Sporting Kansas City announced on Thursday forward C.J. Sapong and defender Kevin Ellis are the club's latest loanees to USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC.

Sapong and Ellis will join the Lions in time for their home game against the Charleston Battery on Thursday night.

“This is a good opportunity for CJ and Kevin to play in competitive games," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a club statement. “We will continue to re-evaluate and manage all of the guys on our roster, to maximize team and individual performance and growth. There is no set timeline for how long our players will be in Orlando, but this is precisely why we were so excited to enter into this agreement with Orlando City SC to get our players matches.”

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Sporting players Jon Kempin (goalkeeper) and Christian Duke (midfielder) are already on Orlando City's roster, while striker Dom Dwyer racked up a USL PRO-record 15 goals in 13 league games with the club earlier this season before being recalled to KC. Both of Sporting's latest loanees can be called back to KC whenever needed. 

Sapong, 24, earned MLS Rookie of the Year honors for his excellent 2011 campaign but has found playing time harder to come by this season. He has one goal and one assist this year. Ellis is a Homegrown player who started two Open Cup games and made his MLS debut last month.

Orlando, who knocked KC out of the US Open Cup earlier this summer, sit in first place in USL PRO with 10 games remaining in their season.