After being loaned out to the NASL side New York Cosmos for the entire 2016 season, the Philadelphia Union have reportedly brought back Michael Lahoud, with rumors saying the Union will sell him on to Miami FC - one of the Cosmos' rivals in NASL. Lahoud confirmed his departure from the Cosmos on social media, tweeting:
Thanks to the @NYCosmos for welcoming me to the club and to the fans for the support during my time here. pic.twitter.com/hz5KFBYdTi— Michael Lahoud (@MikeLahoud) May 23, 2016
Lahoud was acquired in 2012 in a trade with (the now defunct) Chivas USA for a Nowak favorite - allocation money - and a fan favorite and first Union captain, Danny Califf. The Sierra Leone international had played for the Philadelphia Union since 2012, starting 40 of his 58 games in the blue and gold. He did however fail to score in any of them, while recording one assist in MLS play. Lahoud played in six matches with the Cosmos, logging 630 minutes but did not dress for their recent win against Freddy Adu's Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Jim Curtin revealed in his weekly press conference that things are not final, but the reports are accurate. A potential transfer fee from Miami FC has yet to be revealed, but reports have said the sale is likely going to happen. Odds are that Lahoud would not dress for the Union after being recalled as Jim Curtin puts it, "a sale is a sale". We wish the best for Mike as he begins this new chapter in his career!