Sporting Kansas City’s Soony Saad, a product of the Development Academy’s Vardar SC Freiburg, tallied two goals on Tuesday to lift Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City to a 3-2 victory against Orlando City in the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Saad posted back-to-back goals in the 65rth and 68rth minutes, to take a 3-1 lead. Orlando City responded with a goal in the 84rth minute, but it was too little, too late. Saad and Sporting host the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, June 5, at LIVESTRONG in fourth-round play.
Among other Development Academy ties, Crossfire Premier product and the No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft Kelyn Rowe had an overtime goal for the New England Revolution. His goal in the fifth minute of the first 15-minute overtime session was actually the game’s first, but eventually the MLS side fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders in game-ending penalty kicks.
Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil, who had a brief appearance with its Academy team, netted Salt Lake’s lone goal as the team fell 3-1 to Minnesota Stars FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.