Brian Strauss of Sports Illustrated has indicated that Michael Lahoud will join the Cosmos for 2016. Presumably, this is part of the deal in the Walter Restrepo transaction.
Lahoud is a 29-year-old midfielder who has spent the last four seasons with the Union, making 19 appearances last season, but no more than nine in the two seasons before that. His all-time high for appearances with them, 22, came in 2012. No goals have come in any of his playing time with the Union. Previous to his time with the Union, Lahoud spent four seasons with Chivas USA.
His primary position is central midfield, although he can switch out to the right side. We are told by Alex Schieferdecker (@theschief) that he “is a destroyer in midfield. Don’t expect offense…for either team.” Union fans seem split on him, as well.
Thoughts on a potential new face for 2016?
Most Cosmos fans will be thrilled to see a name linked to the team. Lahoud brings MLS experience and will be a holding type midfielder. Could be a replacement for Senna in that respect but with Moffat and Szetela still in the mix, you have to wonder how it will all fit in and gel. It will be interesting to see how Gio experiments in the California friendlies.