It's been a big week for Saad Abdul-Salaam.
Abdul-Salaam, the former No. 12 overall pick in the 2015 SuperDraft, has had a fairly up-and-down season at Sporting Park this year. After being loaned out to the San Antonio Scorpions earlier this season for some first-team minutes, it looked as if Abdul-Salaam would have to wait awhile for his MLS debut.
But Sporting KC have been struck with a spate of injuries lately, with four of the injuries coming against their defenders. This opened the door for Abdul-Salaam, and he finally broke out and made his MLS debut in the 91st minute of Sporting's 4-2 win against the New England Revolution on Wednesday.
Congrats to #SportingKC rookie @Saad_Abdul for making his #MLS debut last night @SportingPark! http://t.co/bv8WELkZiH pic.twitter.com/aoZzLFYWrJ— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) May 21, 2015
He had very little to do, as he was only on the pitch for three minutes, but apparently that - as well as what he's been doing in training - was enough to convince KC's coach, Peter Vermes, to give him an extended run.
That chance came in Sporting's game against Seattle on Saturday, in which Abdul-Salaam was brought on for lone forward Jimmy Medranda in the 58th minute.
Abdul-Salaam did well to limit the rampant Sounders' forwards as well as provide width and support for the Sporting attack. As I mentioned in my first assessment of Abdul-Salaam, he is a greatly versatile player who can play in almost any outfield position.
It seemed as if he was being used predominantly as a midfielder Saturday, where his pace and height could aid his ability to beat players on the dribble and aerially. His injection allowed Sporting to grab a precious away point at CenturyLink Field, against one of the best teams in the league no less, making him our Hustler of the week.
Cheers to Abdul-Salaam and let's hope that this is just the beginning of a bright career for the former Zip and we see more of these tweets.
Honored to get my debut @SportingPark in front of @KCCauldron and all of the fans that make the atmosphere amazing— Saad Abdul (@Saad_Abdul) May 21, 2015