Michael Lahoud

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Michael Lahoud
مايكل لحود
Personal information
Full name Michael Lahoud
Date of birth (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 13
Youth career
2005–2008 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Carolina Dynamo 30 (9)
2009–2012 Chivas USA 64 (2)
2012– Philadelphia Union 38 (0)
National team
2013– Sierra Leone 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 11, 2014

Michael Lahoud (French: Michel Lahoud, Arabic: مايكل لحود‎) (born September 15, 1986 in Freetown) is a Sierra Leonean footballer who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer. He also holds American citizenship.[1]

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Lahoud moved from his country to Annandale, Virginia in the United States when he was six years old.[2] He attended Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, and played college soccer at Wake Forest University, playing a total of 95 games. As a freshman forward in 2005, Lahoud was tied for second on the team with seven goals which landed him on the 2005 All ACC Freshman Team as well. He finished with 14 goals and 20 assists in four seasons. He helped win the NCAA National Championship in 2007, and final four appearances in 2006 and 2008. In 2008 he was named to the All-ACC Second Team. Lahoud is ranked in a tie for second in career games played at Wake Forest with 95 and fourth in career games started with 89.

During his college years Lahoud also played with Carolina Dynamo in the USL Premier Development League.[3]

Professional[edit]

Lahoud was drafted in the first round (9th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA. He made his professional debut on 21 March 2009, in Chivas's first game of the 2009 MLS season against Colorado Rapids.[4] He played in 16 games (nine starts) with one goal and one assist. His first MLS goal was on Oct. 25, 2009 vs Houston in the 59th minute. Scored his first goal as a profession in the SuperLiga match on June 20, 2009 against Tigres UANL.[5] On September 14, 2010 Chivas USA beat CD Guadalajara and won the ChivaClásico Trophy following a penalty kick shootout after both sides ended scoreless in regulation. Michael Lahoud buried the final penalty to give the American Red-and-Whites a 4-2 victory. He was awarded the MVP Trophy.

On May 17, 2012, Lahoud was traded to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Danny Califf.

International career[edit]

Lahoud received his first international call for Sierra Leone in late August 2013 for their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Equatorial Guinea despite not having been to Sierra Leone since 1993.[6][7] Lahoud made his international debut in the match, a 3-2 victory for Sierra Leone, after being substituted in for the final 15 minutes of the match.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Updated April 21, 2014

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 Chivas USA Major League Soccer 16 1 1 0 2 0 - - 19 1
2010 23 0 3 1 - - - - 26 1
2011 23 1 1 0 - - - 24 1
2012 2 0 1 0 - - - - 3 0
Philadelphia Union 22 0 4 0 - - - - 26 0
2013 9 0 0 0 - - - - 9 0
2014 1 0 0 0 - - - - 1 0
Total USA 96 2 10 1 2 0 0 0 108 3
Career total 96 2 10 1 2 0 0 0 108 3

Volunteer work[edit]

Lahoud was the August recipient of MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month honor in 2010 for his efforts with HIV prevention through The Wall Memorias Project. He threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies game at Dodger Stadium on September 17, 2010. Alongside former Chivas USA teammate Justin Braun he volunteers and mentors the Compton United Soccer Club.

In March 2011, Lahoud created a charity event "Schools for Salone" that helps schools in Sierra Leone.[8]

In July 2011, Lahoud posed for the NOH8 campaign, which raises awareness for gay rights.[9][10]

Honors[edit]

Wake Forest University[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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