Lahoud energized by passionate Philly fan base

Union's mid-season acquisition providing consistency, versatility

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Greg Carroccio

Michael Lahoud hasn’t been with the Philadelphia Union all that long. But it has been long enough to see how passionate the city is about the Union.

What a sight.

“These fans here are something else,” Lahoud told philadelphiaunion.com. “I mean, they’re amazing. Everywhere you go, you see the Union shirts and jerseys. The fans care so much and it makes you as a player want to give everything you have and even more. I have been incredibly impressed with their excitement and their passion and I can tell you that we’re going to do everything we can to win as many games as possible.”

Lahoud began the season on the West Coast with Chivas USA, who drafted him ninth overall in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.

Earlier this season, the news came: Lahoud was being traded to the Union for defender Danny Califf.

“You’re always surprised when something happens, but it’s part of the business and you have to be prepared,” said Lahoud, who started 46 matches for Chivas USA with two goals and seven assists. “It’s not easy making a change, but you have to be a professional. I knew coming to Philadelphia that I was coming to a very good club and an organization that cares about winning. I just tried to come in with a positive attitude and work hard every day.”

Lahoud has played in five league matches with three starts in Philadelphia.

In addition to his natural position in the midfield, Lahoud has also contributed on the backline. Having that type of versatility is extremely valuable, especially when your club has been hampered by injuries across the board.

“I’m comfortable in the midfield, which is where I’m used to playing,” Lahoud said. “Having some experience on the backline has helped. I’m a little more comfortable if called upon. Whatever the club here needs, I will do my best to provide. I haven’t been here too long, but you can see how unselfish this whole club is. I’ll give 100 percent at any position on any day.”

A four-year starter at Wake Forest, Lahoud led the Demon Deacons to the 2007 NCAA national championship and finished his career with 14 goals and 20 assists.

Lahoud continued his career with Chivas USA and proved himself as one of the most consistent players on its roster.

The same has held true in his brief stint with the Union.

“I’m always striving for consistency,” Lahoud said. “I practice and train hard every day and on game days, I give it my all and try to be as consistent as possible. That’s always been who I am and it’s I always will be. I want to show the staff what I can bring every day.”

And the fans have noticed.

“These fans know soccer and they’re so passionate,” Lahoud said. “You see that the first time you talk to them. We, as players, need to give them every ounce of energy every time we step on the field. I’m excited about the future and winning a lot of games for them.”