Sporting Kansas City have acquired the rights to University of Michigan striker Soony Saad via a weighted Major League Soccer lottery. Saad was the 2009-2010 National Gatorade Player of the Year and NCAA's leading goal scorer last season.
“He’s a player that our staff has seen in college several times, and we were very interested in him,” KC manager Peter Vermes said in a press release. “We feel this is a good young addition for our team.”
“I’m really excited that I got picked up by Sporting Kansas City,” Saad said in a release. “It’s in the Midwest where I’m from and with the team’s brand new stadium, I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. This is a dream come true for the next step in my professional career.”
Saad attended Michigan in the fall and led the NCAA in scoring with 19 goals. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He has been involved in the U.s. Development Academy as part of the U.S. Under-20 team.
The striker didn't enter the MLS SuperDraft this winter because he signed with an agent and sought an opportunity to play in Europe. He did not land a contract and signed with Major League Soccer last week.
Only four teams elected to participate in the draft: Sporting, Chivas USA, Chicago and Portland.
The last weighted draft won by Kansas City was for Luis Gil before the season started. Gil wanted to play closer to the West Coast and was traded to Real Salt Lake.
Soony Saad (soo-NEE sod)
Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan
Last Club: University of Michigan (NCAA)