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 31)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Cincinnati
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)
2012–2016 Philadelphia Union 58 (0)
2016 New York Cosmos (loan) 7 (0)
2016–2017 Miami FC 45 (1)
2018– FC Cincinnati 0 (0)
National team
2013– Sierra Leone 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:43, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2014

Michael Lahoud (French: Michel Lahoud, Arabic: مايكل لحود‎) (born September 15, 1986) is a Sierra Leonean footballer who currently plays for FC Cincinnati in the USL. He also holds American citizenship.[1]

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Born in Freetown,[2] Lahoud moved from his country to Annandale, Virginia in the United States when he was six years old.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

On January 12, 2016, Lahoud joined NASL side New York Cosmos on a season-long loan.[8] Lahoud's loan was cut short on May 24, 2016, when he was sold to NASL side Miami FC for a reported $300,000.[9]

Lahoud joined United Soccer League side FC Cincinnati on April 18, 2018.[10]

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.[11][12] 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.[11]

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 US 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.[13][dead link]

In July 2011, Lahoud posed for the NOH8 campaign, which raises awareness for gay rights.[14][15]

In December 2015, Lahoud and national teammate and fellow-MLS player Kei Kamara were the co-recipients of the 2015 FIFPro Merit Award for their efforts in creating a school for children displaced by civil war in their native Sierra Leone.[16]

Honors[edit]

Wake Forest University[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soccer Insider - Chivas USA's Michael Lahoud weighs Sierra Leone option after being overlooked for U.S. training camp". 
  2. ^ "MIAMI FC ADDS SIERRA LEONE INTERNATIONAL MICHAEL LAHOUD". miamifc.com. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Mike Lahoud 2009 MLS SuperDraft, August 12, 2010
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-19. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Pat. "Danny Califf Trade: Union Captain Traded To Chivas USA For Michael Lahoud, Allocation Money". sbnation.com. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sierra Leonean International Michael Lahoud Joins New York On Loan". 
  9. ^ "Union Transfer Michael Lahoud to Miami FC". 24 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (2018-04-18). "FCC Signs Experienced Midfielder Lahoud". United Soccer League. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
  11. ^ a b De George, Matthew. "Debut with Sierra Leone an emotional experience for Lahoud". Delco Times. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Union's Michael Lahoud called up to Sierra Leone national team August 29, 2013
  13. ^ http://wwwTheSoccerHooligan.com
  14. ^ Justin Braun, Michael Lahoud Pose For NOH8 retrieved 10 February 2012
  15. ^ DC United Stand United In Their Support of LGBT Teens retrieved 10 February 2012
  16. ^ a b Stejskal, Sam. "Columbus Crew SC's Kei Kamara and Philadelphia Union's Michael Lahoud earn 2015 FIFPro Merit Award". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "2005 High School All-Met". www.washingtonpost.com. 

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