New York Cosmos sign Sierra Leone midfielder on loan


The New York Cosmos says it has signed Sierra Leone midfielder Michael Lahoud on a season-long loan deal from MLS side Philadelphia Union. (Photo

We’re pleased to announce this player as we head into the 2016 NASL season,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “Michael is a very experienced player and his quality will be very important to us as we look to strengthen ourselves in the central midfield positions.”

Lahoud made his international debut for Sierra Leone in a 3-2 victory gainst Equatorial Guinea in September 7, 2013 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The 29-year-old international loan deal is a part of the reported agreement reached between the two sides last week that allowed former Cosmos winger Walter Restrepo move to Philadelphia Union.

The midfielder who alongside national teammate Kei Kamara were awarded the FIFpro Merit in 2015, started his career with Chivas in 2009 making 64 appearances scoring two goals.

He joined Philadelphia early in the 2012 season and his agility as a defensive midfielder helps him became a regular powerhouse in the Union central midfield, making 58 appearances for the club during his four-year stint.

He made 19 appearances overall for the Union in 2015.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Cosmos,” said Lahoud. “They have a great style of play and I’m looking forward to being part of it and helping the team retain their Championship.”

Lahoud has earned a reputation as a steady defensive midfielder, shutting down and slowing down the opposing attack.

He is well recognized for his humanitarian effort together with Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara.

Together, they are bringing education facilities to kids in their native Sierra Leone.

Joining force in the school for salone project that provided access to disadvantaged children in the country.

The two Major League Soccer stars partners with local villages in Sierra Leone to rebuilded schools that was devastated in the ten-year civil war, sixteen school already been built since 2005.

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