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Sporting KC acquires teen standout

July 6, 2011

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— Sporting Kansas City has acquired the rights to forward Soony Saad, an 18-year-old standout at the University of Michigan.

The Major League Soccer team announced its acquisition of the 2009-2010 National Gatorade Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Saad led the NCAA in scoring with a school-record 19 goals at Michigan in the 2010-2011 season. He was one of two collegiate players to join the U.S. Under-20 camp in December.

He signed with the MLS last week and was entered into Tuesday’s weighted lottery, which the league uses to distribute players after the annual draft.

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