Thursday, October 03, 2013

Saad Called Up but Not Eligible for Lebanon

The Lebanese national team has named their roster for the upcoming international break, and included on the roster was Sporting KC forward, Soony Saad.

The friendly against Iraq is on Monday the 7th with the game against Kuwait on Tuesday the 15th. Lebanon is in the process of trying to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the game against Kuwait is a qualifier for that tournament. Lebanon is currently in 3rd place in their group 1 point behind first place Iran and second place Kuwait.

After the announcement though, came this tweet:

So Saad's one time switch to Lebanon from the US has not gone through yet according to that Tweet. With how quickly some of the other one time switches have taken place (Aron Johannsson to the US from Iceland for an example) you have to question where the delay is. Is it on the Lebanese federation not getting his paper work in? Or is Saad dragging his feet in the hopes of a potential US call up in the future. His US future was a talking point fairly recently and he had said he hadn't shut the door on representing the United States. With Saad not eligible to play, one would hope/assume he'll not accept the call up and be available for this weekend against Columbus and against Houston on Wednesday. If he does accept the call up to at least go to Lebanon one would assume he'd miss both.

1 comment:

Nathan Martin said...

Saad leads the league in shots taken per minute played*, even ahead of Kei Kamara's pace.

He has 18 more shots than Sapong in ~215 fewer minutes.

Both have 4 goals.

*For those who have played at least 540 minutes.