The Philadelphia Union have acquired winger Walter Restrepo from New York Cosmos for an undisclosed transfer fee, the club announced today. In addition, Michael Lahoud will join New York on loan for the duration of the 2016 season. Per club and league policy, additional details of the deal were not disclosed.
“Part of our ongoing assessment has been to build quality depth in certain areas and we strongly believe Walter can give us the kind of speed and attacking ability on the wing that we’re looking for,” Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said. “We know Michael will represent our club in a professional manner and we wish him the best of luck on a successful season.”
Restrepo, 27, was born in San Diego, Calif., but holds dual-national citizenship with Colombia. He played there professionally from 2006-11 before joining the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 11, 2011. In 2012, Restrepo led NASL with eight assists and was named to the league’s Best XI. He was traded to San Antonio Scorpions on Jan. 8, 2014, where he went on to have three goals and four assists, again being named to the NASL Best XI for the second year in a row. He played for New York Cosmos in 2015. He played in 29 games, made 24 starts and scored three goals.
Lahoud, 29, was acquired from Chivas USA on May 17, 2012 in exchange for Danny Califf. In four seasons with the club, he played in 58 games, made 40 starts and had one assist.
In 2016, the Philadelphia Union will open its seventh season in Major League Soccer at Talen Energy Stadium. The season opener will be at FC Dallas on March 6, with home opener coming two weeks later on March 20 against New England Revolution. For ticket information, visit philadelphiaunion.com/tickets or call 1-877-21-UNION.