After leading the NCAA in scoring with a school record 19 goals as a freshman at the University of Michigan, Saad was signed by Major League Soccer and allocated to Sporting Kansas City via a lottery draft in July 2011. He scored nine minutes into his MLS debut on his 19th birthday and scored again against Club Deportivo Guadalajara in an international friendly during his rookie season. Saad hasrepresented the United States at the youth level, including appearances with the Under-20 Men’s National Team.
2013: Made his first start of the season on March 23 against New England Revolution and became the youngest player to start for Sporting KC this season at 20 years, 7 months and 7 days. He notched his first assist of the season, first game-winning assist, and second career assist in a 1-0 win over D.C. United on April 5th.
2012: Saad played in nine games and made two starts for Sporting Kansas City during the 2012 regular season, earning an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium. Saad scored two goals in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round to propell Sporting Kansas City past Orlando City SC by a scoreline of 3-2. Saad also appeared in the fourth round and played 90 minutes in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament. Saad started in both international friendlies for Sporting Kansas City, playing 180 minutes combined against Montpellier Herault SC and Stoke City FC. Saad is tied with Bunbury and Dwyer for most goals scored by a Sporting Kansas City player during the 2012 MLS Reserve League season with two.
2011: Signed by Major League Soccer and allocated via lottery draft to Sporting Kansas City on July 5. Made his debut with Sporting Kansas City on July 20, during a friendly with Newcastle United. Scored nine minutes into his MLS debut during a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers on August 17, marking his 19th birthday. Saad scored again in an international friendly against CD Guadalajara on October 12..
NATIONAL TEAM: Actively involved with the United States youth national team system, most recently being invited as one of two collegiate players to join the U.S. Under-20 camp in December, where he scored the match-winner in an international friendly against Canada.
COLLEGE: Attended the University of Michigan, where he led the NCAA in scoring and set a Michigan single-season record with 19 goals, while also adding five assists in 2010. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team and NSCAA All-American Second Team, after helping lead the Wolverines to their first NCAA College Cup appearance.
YOUTH: The 2009-2010 National Gatorade Player of the Year at Dearborn High School. In his senior season at Dearborn, Saad set a single-season state high school record for goals in a season with 76. A first team All-American selection by ESPN RISE and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American honoree in 2009, Saad was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year. He was also named the Michigan Soccer Coaches Association’s “Mr. Soccer." Saad completed his high school career with a state-record 172 goals and 51 assists.
PERSONAL: Livepool FC fan. Favorite player is Zinedine Zidane. Takes a nap at noon and eats pasta before every game. Favorite memory is scoring on his birthday in his Sporting Kansas City debut. Favorite saying is "You'll never walk alone." Has two pictures of himself with Pierce Brosnan- the first photo with Pierce Brosnan was taken without Saad's knowledge.