Photo courtesy of Sporting Kansas City/Taylor Allan
Soony Saad scored for the first time as a professional, tallying the lone goal in Sporting Kansas City's 1-0, weather-delayed victory over the Colorado Rapids in MLS Reserve League play on Monday.
Saad, a standout at the University of Michigan last year who landed with Sporting KC in a weighted lottery on July 5, took a pass from Teal Bunbury and found the back of the net on a shot from the edge of the area to give SKC (2-2-2) all the offense it would need in the third minute of the win.
After a 30-minute delay midway through the second half, Colorado (0-4-1) thought it had found an equalizer, but Andre Akpan's goal was waved off after he was ruled to have been offside on a pass from Joseph Nane.
The Rapids had trialists Andy Holdsworth and Ben Gill, former professionals in England, play in the match, while SKC welcomed Craig Rocastle back to competitive play for the first time since he injured his knee in the Gold Cup while playing for Grenada.
Here are a couple of more results from around the Reserve League:
BURCH FREE KICK LIFTS D.C.
Marc Burch scored on an 80th-minute free kick to snap a tie and give D.C. United a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday.
Charlie Davies opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Austin da Luz drew his second penalty in about a 12-hour span against Toronto. He drew one in the MLS match on Saturday night that allowed Dwayne De Rosario to finish off his hat trick and level the score at 3-3.
Stefan Vukovic finished off Keith Makubuya's cross in the 77th minute to tie the game, but Burch delivered moments later to keep D.C. unbeaten in reserve play (5-0-1). Toronto (0-3-1) had new defensive signings Dasan Robinson and Eddy Viator play the full 90 minutes.
DIKE SCORES IN TIMBERS VICTORY
Bright Dike didn't figure to do much playing at all this season after tearing his Achilles during the preseason, but he left his mark in Portland's 2-0 victory over San Jose on Sunday by scoring a second-half goal.
Brian Umony assisted on Dike's strike and scored the opening goal for Portland (3-2-1). Defender Chris Leitch was sent off for San Jose (3-3-1), which maintains a slight lead over the Timbers for second place in the West Division through a better goal differential. Portland, however, has a game in hand.
What do you think about the latest Reserve League results? What do you think about a Sporting Kansas City front line that boasts the likes of Bunbury, Saad, C.J. Sapong, Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo? Happy to see Davies get on the scoreboard? Impressed by Dike's comeback?
Share your thoughts below.