With just over a month left before kickoff, Austin FC has found a new voice for their upcoming season.
The team announced Thursday that its newest English language color commentator is Michael Lahoud, a former MLS, USL and Sierra Leone national team player who most recently played for USL team San Antonio FC in 2019.
Lahoud said he is excited to bring his experience to the table to help boost Austin FC's first season.
This is a dream come true for me," Lahoud said. "I've been watching Austin FC grow since I first arrived just down the road in San Antonio. Austin FC is the most exciting new team in sports today, so to have the chance to add my experience as a former player to the Club's English language broadcasts is an honor."
He's #VERDE! 🌳 Proud to welcome @MikeLahoud as our newest English Language TV Broadcast Analyst. pic.twitter.com/1CB3asVKUR
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) March 4, 2021
Lahoud will join play-by-play commentator Adrian Healey for all regular season matches that broadcast in the region.
After switching to broadcast, Lahoud took root in Austin in 2020 as an analyst for the University of Texas at Austin women's soccer team on Longhorn Network TV and ACC Network broadcasts for ACC Men's Soccer.
A native of Sierra Leone, Africa, Lahoud told the Statesman he left the country at six and took to soccer as a way to learn English and find a new community in America.
Lahoud got his break in the pros as the ninth overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, where he joined the now-folded Chivas USA team for three seasons.
After making 64 appearances with the Chivas, Lahoud crisscrossed around the world, helping the Philadelphia Union reach both the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Open Cup Finals before joining three USL teams.
Lahoud started and ended his career in the USL, playing for the USL League Two Carolina Dynamo from 2006-09 before playing for Miami FC in 2016-17, FC Cincinnati in 2018 and finally San Antonio FC for his final year.
Lahoud also represented his home country in the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches with the Sierra Leone national team. In 2015, Lahoud gave back to his native city of Freetown and created a school called Education for All where he looks to help erase stereotypes and encourage STEM education in Sierra Leone.
Thanks to an Austin FC deal with parent company NexStar, Lahoud's commentary will be heard across Central Texas on the CW Austin, KXAN and KBVO. Spanish-language carriers will be announced in April, according to Austin FC President Andy Loughnane.
For fans out of the Hill Country, some MLS matches will be picked up by national providers including ESPN, FOX and Univision, but the exact number hasn't been specified yet.
Austin FC hasn't released its schedule yet, but the MLS season is set to kick off on April 17.
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