Soony Saad

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Soony Saad
Personal information
Full name Hassan Saad Ali
Date of birth (1992-08-17) August 17, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Number 22
Youth career
2008–2009 IMG Soccer Academy
2010 Michigan Wolverines
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Sporting Kansas City 58 (8)
2015–2017 BEC Tero Sasana 0 (0)
2016 Pattaya United (loan) 28 (9)
2017– Sporting Kansas City 0 (0)
National team
2008–2009 United States U17 16 (9)
2010 United States U20 11 (7)
2013– Lebanon 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:32, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

Hassan "Soony" Saad Ali (born August 17, 1992) is a Lebanese footballer who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City.

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 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 8, 2014, Saad signed with BEC Tero Sasana and then went out on loan to Pattaya United where he scored nine goals in 28 league appearances during the 2016 Thai League season.[8]

On January 30, 2017 Sporting Kansas City announced the club had signed Saad to a two-year contract through 2018, with an option in his contract for the 2019 season.[9]

International[edit]

Soony Saad received his first callup to join the United States U-20 men's national soccer team in December 2010,[10] and played in one game against Canada, scoring once.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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 [14]
2 5 March 2014 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 3–1 5–2 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification [15]
3 5 September 2016 Rashid Karami Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon  Afghanistan 1-0 2-0 Friendly [16]

International career statistics[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2013.[17]
Lebanon national team
Year Apps Goals
2013 1 1
2014 2 1
2015 0 0
2016 4 1
Total 7 3

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. ^ http://reportingkc.com/2014/12/09/report-soony-saad-transferred-thailand-club/
  9. ^ Kovzan, Sam. "Sporting KC signs 24-year-old forward Soony Saad". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Saad Selected for USA U-20 National Team Training Camp". CBS Interactive. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  11. ^ Noah Davis (2010-12-21). "McInerney Strikes in US U-20's Win Over Canada". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  12. ^ Austin, Kurt. "Kei Kamara and Soony Saad selected for upcoming international matches". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Schroeder, Alice. "Weekly Update: May 29, 2013". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Abboud, Dany. "Kansas City star Saad to finally make Cedars competitive debut". Daily Star Lebanon. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lebanon 5 Thailand 2". ESPN FC. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Lebanon 2 Afghanistan 0". 
  17. ^ Soony Saad at National-Football-Teams.com

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