Union defensive midfielder Michael Lahoud has been transferred to the NASL’s Miami FC. He had been on loan to the New York Cosmos, also of the NASL.
Terms were not disclosed, but Taylor Twellman is reporting on Twitter that the Union got upwards of $300,000 in the deal.
Lahoud had been loaned to the Cosmos at the beginning of the season and was perhaps a casualty of the Union’s burgeoning depth at the defensive midfielder position, with Maurice Edu, Brian Carroll, and Warren Creavalle all slated to get time there. It made sense to loan him somewhere where he could play and continue to grow. The loan had a condition in it that Lahoud could be recalled at any time by the Union if they wished, which they had to exercise before selling him to Miami.
Lahoud played a big role with the Union last year, appearing in over half of their games.
Miami FC may be in a bit of a panic mode and desperate to right the ship, having started their inaugural year winless thus far. Curtin commented briefly on a report about the sale on Monday during his press conference, saying he couldn’t offer specifics as it was ongoing but confirming the report (from Big Apple Soccer) was accurate.
This is one of the first smart sales by Earnie Stewart, who will seek to capitalize on assets by selling them at market value or above in order to re-invest that money in other players of value. Such is the business of soccer for a club with a limited payroll, and it’s a business Stewart has shown he’s very adept at. It remains to be seen if the Union will spend that money this summer in the transfer window or use it elsewhere.