Sporting Kansas City signed 24-year-old forward Soony Saad this January. Saad, a Lebanese international who previously played for Sporting Kansas City from 2011-2014, signed a two-year contract through 2018 with an option for 2019.
Saad rejoins Sporting Kansas City from Pattaya United of Thailand’s first division, where he scored nine goals across 28 Thai League appearances in 2016. He has also recorded three goals for the Lebanon Men’s National Team since making his senior international debut in 2013.
During his first stint with Sporting Kansas City, Saad tallied 14 goals and seven assists in 71 appearances across all competitions. He was signed by Major League Soccer and allocated to Sporting Kansas City via a lottery draft in July 2011. The following month, he scored nine minutes into his MLS debut on his 19th birthday to become the youngest goal scorer in club history.
In 2012, Saad played nine MLS matches — including his first MLS start at Seattle Sounders FC in June — and helped Sporting Kansas City capture the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, scoring two pivotal goals in a 3-2 third-round victory over Orlando City.
Saad enjoyed a breakout year in 2013, reaching MLS career-highs with four goals, four assists and 23 games played. He also notched a brace in a 2-0 CONCACAF Champions League win at Honduran side Olimpia and appeared in two playoff games during Sporting KC’s run to the 2013 MLS Cup championship. In his final MLS season, Saad scored five goals across all competitions and helped the club advance to the MLS Cup Playoffs for a fourth straight year.
Thai outfit BEC Tero Sasana signed Saad ahead of the 2015 season and loaned him to Pattaya United last year.
Saad represented the United States at the youth international level, notably scoring the game-winning goal for the U-20s in a 2-0 result against Canada in December 2010. In 2013, he became the first MLS player to join the Lebanon Men’s National Team and scored on his debut, a 1-1 draw with Oman on May 29.
A native of Dearborn, Michigan, Saad played one season of college soccer at the University of Michigan in 2010, leading the NCAA in scoring with a school-record 19 goals as a freshman. He was an All-Big Ten First Team selection, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an NSCAA second-team All-American.
2014: MLS regular season: Played in 22 matches, nine of them starts, with three goals and an assist. Started his first match and scored his first goal (the game-winner) in a 2-0 victory at Houston on June 6. Scored a Goal of the Week nominee and assisted C.J. Sapong's goal in a 4-1 win over Toronto FC on Aug. 16. MLS Playoffs: Did not feature. CCL: Started one of two total appearances (132 minutes) in the 2014-15 group stage. Open Cup: Played 80 minutes and scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 fourth round win over Minnesota United FC on June 18. Played 90 minutes and scored a penalty kick goal in a 3-1 fifth round loss to Portland on June 24. Scored a goal in a 3-1 loss at the New England Revolution on Sept. 3. Friendly: Played 45 minutes in a 4-1 Champions Shield defeat to Manchester City on July 23 at Sporting Park.
2013: MLS: Had a breakthrough year with a career high in games played (23) and games started (15). Tallied a career-best four goals and four assists. 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 5. Scored two goals against Toronto FC on July 13 (video). Followed that up with a goal in a dramatic 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on July 20 (video). Tallied two assists in a dominant 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on August 10. Scored the team's second goal in a 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew on September 7 (video). Playoffs: Came off the bench in both Eastern Conference Championship matches vs. the New England Revolution. CCL: Started three 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches. Scored two goals in a 2-0 win at Olimpia on August 27. Open Cup: Did not feature.