Third-year defender Saad Abdul-Salaam was selected by Sporting Kansas City with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He made 28 appearances across all competitions during his rookie season in Kansas City, recording two assists. Abdul-Salaam enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign, landing Sporting KC Defensive Player of the Year honors while starting 26 of 30 MLS appearances and leading MLS defenders with six assists.
2020 (FC Cincinnati): Made eight appearances, including five starts ... was unavailable against D.C United (Aug. 21) and Chicago Fire FC (Aug. 25) due to injury ... was unavailable for selection in six consecutive matches due to an injury ... returned to the bench at Minnesota United FC (Oct. 3) ... started and played 90 minutes against Toronto FC (Oct. 11) ... completed 41-of-44 passes for a 93.2% passing accuracy and co-led the team with three interceptions ... started and played 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC (Oct. 14) ... co-led the team with nine possessions gained ... won 11-of-13 duels for an 84.6% mark ... started and played 54 minutes against D.C. United (Oct. 18) ... left the game with an injury and was replaced by Rashawn Dally ... was unavailable against Minnesota United FC (Oct. 24) due to an injury ... played 12 minutes against Sporting Kansas City (Oct. 28) ... replaced Zico Bailey in the second half ... started and played 82 minutes against Atlanta United FC (Nov. 1) ... replaced by Nick Hagglund in the second half ... MLS is Back Tournament: Made three appearances, including one start ... made FCC debut, started and played 90 minutes in group-stage match against Columbus (July 11) ... played five minutes as a second-half substitute against Atlanta (July 16) ... replaced Joseph-Claude Gyau in the second half ... logged one minute as a second-half substitute against New York (July 22) ... replaced Joseph-Claude Gyau as a stoppage-time substitute.
2019 (Seattle Sounders FC/Tacoma Defiance): Made 18 appearances, including 11 starts, adding one assist in MLS regular-season matches … did not make an appearance in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs … claimed second major team championship when club won MLS Cup … made season debut as a second-half stoppage-time substitute at LAFC (April 28) … earned first start and played 90 minutes at right back at Minnesota United (May 4) … earned second 90-minute shift at Philadelphia (May 18) … started and played 90 minutes in three consecutive matches at Montreal (June 5), against Vancouver (June 29) and at New York City FC (July 3) … began a stretch of 10 consecutive appearances … made three consecutive substitute appearances at Columbus (July 6), against Atlanta United (July 14) and against Portland (July 21) … earned four consecutive starts, playing 90 minutes in each match, at Houston (Aug. 4), against Sporting Kansas City (Aug. 4), against New England (Aug. 10) and at Real Salt Lake (Aug. 14) … played 16 minutes as a second-half substitute at Portland (Aug. 23) … began a stretch of four consecutive appearances … made consecutive starts against LA (Sept. 1) and at Colorado (Sept. 8) … made final appearance of season as a second-half stoppage-time substitute against Minnesota United (Oct. 6) … made three USL Championship appearances and added an assist while on loan with Tacoma Defiance … started and played 90 minutes in the first two matches against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (March 8) and LA Galaxy II (March 16) … recorded the game-winning assist against Sacramento FC (April 1) … U.S. Open Cup: Made one appearance … started and played 90 minutes at center back against Portland in the Fourth Round (June 12).
2018 (New York City FC/Phoenix Rising FC): Made four appearances, including three starts, recording two assists in MLS regular-season matches … made season debut and recorded an assist against Orlando City (March 17) … recorded an assist for a consecutive match at New England (March 24) … earned third consecutive 90-minute start at San Jose (March 31) … made final MLS appearance as a second-half substitute against FC Dallas (April 29) … made nine USL Championship regular-season appearances, all starts … made first USL Championship appearance and played 90 minutes at Las Vegas (Aug. 19) … began a stretch of six consecutive appearances … made consecutive appearances against Saint Louis FC (Sept. 29) and Reno FC (Oct. 6) … made final USL regular-season appearance against Timbers 2 (Oct. 13) … made four appearances, all starts, in the USL Cup Playoffs … started and played 90 minutes in 2018 USL Cup Final at Louisville City FC … U.S. Open Cup: Made one appearance … started and played 90 minutes at right back at New York Red Bulls in the Fourth Round (June 6).
2017: MLS regular season: Started 10 of 12 appearances, recording one goal and one assist while contributing to two shutouts (902 minutes played). Scored his first professional goal in a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on June 3. Assisted Jimmy Medranda's spectacular goal in a 2-1 loss at the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 11. Open Cup: Started and played 120 minutes against FC Dallas on July 11. Made a late substitute appearance in a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over the San Jose Earthquakes following a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time on Aug. 9. MLS Cup Playoffs: Played six minutes as an extra-time substitute in a 1-0 loss at the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference Knockout Round on Oct. 26.
2016: Was named Sporting KC's Defensive Player of the Year. Started 30 of 34 appearances in all competitions, recording six assists (2746 minutes played). MLS regular season: Started 26 of 30 appearances, recorded six assists and contributed to eight shutouts (2377 minutes played). Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-0 win at the New York Red Bulls on April 9, the second MLS assist of his career. Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on April 13. Assisted Diego Rubio's goal in a 1-1 draw at Vancouver on April 27. Tallied a game-winning assist to Jacob Peterson in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC on May 15. Assisted Jacob Peterson's goal in a 3-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC on July 24. Assisted Dom Dwyer's goal in a 2-2 draw against LA Galaxy on Sept. 18. Open Cup: Started one match (99 minutes played). Started and played 99 minutes in a 2-1 extra time win over Minnesota United FC on June 15. CONCACAF Champions League: Started and played 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw at Central FC on Aug. 16. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Aug. 23. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 knockout round defeat at Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 27.
2015: MLS regular season: Made 22 appearances with 10 starts, recorded one assist and contributed to seven clean sheets (1074 minutes played). Made his MLS debut in second half stoppage time of a 4-2 win over New England on May 20 before playing 32 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Seattle on May 23. Made his first MLS start in a 1-0 win at Vancouver on July 12, playing the full 90 minutes. Assisted Marcel de Jong's goal in a 3-2 loss at Columbus Crew SC on Aug. 22, the first assist of his MLS career. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played 120 minutes in Sporting KC's 7-6 penalty kick shootout loss at Portland after a 2-2 draw through regulation. Open Cup: Started one of five appearances and recorded one assist. Played 34 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 fourth round win over Saint Louis FC on June 16. Played 40 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 6-2 fifth round win over FC Dallas on July 1, recording his first professional assist to Krisztian Nemeth. Came on as a stoppage-time substitute in the second half of a 3-1 quarterfinal win over the Houston Dynamo on July 21. Started and played 90 minutes in a 3-1 semifinal win over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 12. Played 42 minutes as a second-half substitute in a championship win over the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 30 as Sporting KC prevailed 7-6 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in regulation. NASL (San Antonio Scorpions): Earned five starts and played 450 minutes. Made his NASL debut with a 90-minute outing on April 4.
COLLEGE: Abdul-Salaam played three seasons at Akron (2012-2014), recording three goals and 12 assists in 54 college games. He became a regular starter during his junior campaign in 2013, recording five assists in 19 starts. He earned All-MAC First Team honors in 2014 as a senior, notching two goals and a team-high six assists while starting all 21 games for the Zips.