Besides having an awesomely fun name say, what else do you need to know about Soony Saad, the 18-year-old striker KC just won the rights too?
Well, he was the leading scorer in the NCAA last year with 19 goals. He left college after his freshman year (where he raked in a ton of honors) to seek a contract in Europe. He reportedly went on trial with RSC Anderlecht in Belgium -- U.s. midfielder Sasha Kljestan's team.
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His name is pronounced: soo-NEE sod. And, he likely would've been a first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft if available. (He was offered up as
It's like Sporting Kansas City got a chance to add a potential first-round draft pick a year early. (If signed, he would be the third teenager on the team behind homegrown talents Jon Kempin and Kevin Ellis.)
If KC can sign Saad, he'll be the fifth forward (six if you count Milos Stojcev) on the team behind Omar Bravo, CJ Sapong, Teal Bunbury and Kei Kamara.
While it's too early to speculate on his future with the team, it's possible KC could look to shop around (maybe for defensive depth or another midfielder) and dangle a forward as trade bait.
The book on Saad is that he's a prolific scorer, but I've read more than a few accounts that wonder if he can physically handle being a forward in MLS.
Here are a few videos of Saad doing his thing for Michigan.
Here's a hat trick against Kentucky.
A Graham Zusi-esque (it's actually more Beckham-esque) goal from 67 yards out.
No idea what the level of competition is here, but these are two nice long-distance shots.
He comes with a built-in chant from Michigan's "Ultras." It could use a little bit of work.
What do you think of the news? Think Saad has a chance to make the team?