Soony Saad

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Soony Saad
Personal information
Full name Hassan Ali Saad
Date of birth (1992-08-17) August 17, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
BEC Tero Sasana
Youth career
2008–2009 IMG Soccer Academy
2010 Michigan Wolverines
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Sporting Kansas City 58 (8)
2015– BEC Tero Sasana
National team
2008–2009 United States U17 16 (0)
2010 United States U20 1 (1)
2013– Lebanon 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 16, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 28, 2014

Hassan Ali "Soony" Saad (born August 17, 1992) is a Lebanese international footballer who plays for BEC Tero Sasana F.C. in the Thai Premier League.

Career[edit]

Youth and college[edit]

Saad set a state single-season record with 76 goals in his 2009 season while concluding his high school career with a state record 172 goals, plus 51 assists; breaking previous state high school single-season goals record of 69 set in 2000, and previous state high school career goals record of 169 set in 1995.[2] He also earned the 2009 Michigan Soccer Coaches Association "Mr. Soccer" Title and was named the 2009-10 Gatorade National Player of the Year.[3]

Saad had a very successful freshman season, scoring 19 goals, smashing the previous record of 14 for most goals by a freshman at the University of Michigan, while setting records for shots and overall points.[4] He played on the team with his brother Hamoody Saad. He helped the team win their first Big Ten Championship and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[4] Saad left school after his freshman year to seek a professional contract with a European team.[5]

Professional[edit]

In June 2011, Saad signed a professional contract with Major League Soccer. On July 5, 2011 Sporting Kansas City won his services in a weighted lottery system utilized by the league to distribute players who sign with the league after the MLS SuperDraft.[6]

Saad made his MLS debut on August 17, 2011, which was his 19th birthday.[7] He scored a debut goal in the 72 minute, just nine minutes after he came on. Soony also logged 2 more goals for Sporting in reserve games against Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, and scored once in a friendly against Guadalajara on October 12, 2011.

On December 8th, 2014, Saad signed with BEC Tero Sasana on free transfer.

International[edit]

Soony Saad received his first callup to join the United States U-20 men's national soccer team in December 2010,[8] and played in one game against Canada, scoring once.[9] In May 2013, Saad became eligible to join the Lebanon national football team and he accepted a call-up for a friendly against Oman scheduled for May 29. In the process, Saad became the first Major League Soccer player to join the Lebanon national team. [10] With the start, Saad made his international debut in the match and scored Lebanon's only goal in an eventual 1-1 draw in the 62nd minute.[11] Later against Thailand he scored Lebanon's third goal in their 5-2 victory.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Lebanon's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Source
1 29 May 2013 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Oman 1–1 1–1 Friendly [12]
2 5 March 2014 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 3–1 5–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification [13]

International career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 March 2014.[14]
Lebanon national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 2 1
2014 2 1
Total 4 2

Honours[edit]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soony Saad". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ Chad Konecky (2010-07-11). "Soony Saad: Gatorade profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  3. ^ Pete Cunningham (2010-05-20). "Michigan soccer commit Soony Saad named Gatorade National Player of the Year". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Saad Collects Big Ten First Team, Freshman of the Year at Awards Banquet". CBS Interactive. 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  5. ^ Brian Mechanick (2011-01-27). "Soony Saad leaving Michigan for European professional team". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.mlive.com/soccer/index.ssf/2011/07/wins_mls_lottery_for_former_michigan_star_soony_saad.html
  7. ^ Andrew Wiebe (2011-08-18). "It ain't pretty, but Saad happy to log first goal on birthday". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Saad Selected for USA U-20 National Team Training Camp". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  9. ^ Noah Davis (2010-12-21). "McInerney Strikes in US U-20's Win Over Canada". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  10. ^ Austin, Kurt. "Kei Kamara and Soony Saad selected for upcoming international matches". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Schroeder, Alice. "Weekly Update: May 29, 2013". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Abboud, Dany. "Kansas City star Saad to finally make Cedars competitive debut". Daily Star Lebanon. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lebanon 5 Thailand 2". ESPN FC. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Soony Saad at National-Football-Teams.com

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