Philadelphia Union Transfer Michael Lahoud to Miami FC

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by JAKE NUTTING

Following reports on Monday, the Philadelphia Union have formally announced the transfer of midfielder Michael Lahoud to NASL expansion side Miami FC.

The defensive midfielder started the NASL season with the New York Cosmos after joining the club on loan from Philadelphia back in January. He proved a worthy addition through the first two months of the season, starting and playing every minute of the team’s first seven matches.

The Sierra Leone international was conspicuously absent from the team’s win over the rival Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday. His loan deal was for the duration of the entire NASL season, but the MLS side held the right to terminate the loan at any point and chose to do so after receiving a significant offer from Miami.

“We have been informed that the Philadelphia Union have sold the contract rights to Michael Lahoud to Miami FC,” said Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover. “Michael was on loan to us for the 2016 season, but his rights always remained with Philadelphia. We are sorry to see him go. He was a great player and teammate for our club. We wish him best of luck on his new venture.”

According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, Philadelphia picked up the substantial sum of $300,000 from Miami for the rights to Lahoud.

As the only winless team left in the NASL, Miami has taken a proactive approach to righting the ship. The team also acquired midfielder and Jacksonville Armada FC captain Richie Ryan for a NASL-record transfer fee of $750,000 two weeks ago.

If you were wondering, the next time that the Cosmos will square off with Miami on the field is on July 9 in South Florida.

  • Here’s my question to anyone who understands this loan business a little better then I do.Philly has the rights to Lahoud, I get it. They can take him back as much as I hate it. But do they tell the Cosmos we have an offer to sell Lahoud off to another team, can you match or beat that offer? Or do they not give them the chance to keep Lahoud as part of their Cosmos team.