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Sporting KC acquires rights to Michigan forward

Sporting Kansas City acquired the rights to Michigan forward Soony Saad in a weighted lottery held by Major League Soccer on Tuesday.

Saad, 18, was the 2009-2010 National Gatorade Player of the Year who led the nation in scoring and set a school-record with 19 goals as a freshman during the 2010-2011 season. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of Year and helped Michigan to its first College Cup appearance.

“He’s a player that our staff has seen in college several times, and we were very interested in him,” manager Peter Vermes said in a statement.

Saad signed with MLS last week and was entered into a lottery, which is the mechanism by which the league assigns players signed under special circumstances after the annual SuperDraft, which is held in January. He became the fifth such player to be assigned via the lottery this season.

“I’m really excited that I got picked up by Sporting Kansas City,” Saad said in a statement. “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.”

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