Michael Lahoud's Inner Nerd

The Goats midfielder majored in mathematics at Wake Forest

2010 SSH Party 6 Michael Lahoud

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Juan Miranda/Chivas USA

In case you were wondering, Maxwell’s Equations are a set of four partial differential equations that describe how electromagnetic fields relate to their sources, charge density, and current density. Individually, the equations are known as Gauss’s Law, Gauss’s Law for Magnetism, Faraday’s Law of Induction, and Ampère’s Law with Maxwell’s Correction.

Sound complicated? That’s because they are. But not to worry. Chivas USA’s second-year midfielder Michael Lahoud could explain them to you.

“My junior year thesis was about Maxwell’s Equations,” Lahoud told MLSsoccer.com. “They basically explain electromagnetism in mathematical terms. It’s the transformation of physical formulas to mathematical formulas.”

Lahoud was a Mathematics major at Wake Forest University, something in which he takes great pride. Wanting to follow in the footsteps of his mother, who is a nurse, he started out as Pre-Med but eventually switched over to pure math after realizing that biology wasn’t quite for him.

“I always liked chemistry and physics, but it took me a while to realize that I liked them because of the numbers,” Lahoud said. “It’s something that came pretty easily to me. I’m not calling myself a genius – I’m not John Nash or anything – there are just certain things that come to certain people and for me, that thing was math.”

The Annadale, Virginia moved through Wake Forest on an accelerated track in an effort to finish his degree before he attempted to start a career in professional soccer. He was able to graduate in three and a half years and come to Chivas USA in the winter of 2009 already having earned his degree.

“It’s something that Wake Forest does a great job with,” Lahoud said of the accelerated program. “Back in 2003, when they had players like Will Hesmer who were getting a lot of national attention, they started planning ahead so players could graduate early. There’s a system you have to follow, and summer school is a very big part of that. That was a sacrifice for me, but looking back, I’m so happy I made it because I was able to graduate early and give myself an opportunity to further my career.”

Even though Lahoud is squarely focused on his professional soccer career these days, he has no intention of forgetting his academic passions. Sometimes – when none of his teammates are looking – he still unleashes his inner nerd.

“I try to keep my math skills relatively sharp,” he said, smiling. “I do simple arithmetic from time to time. I don’t like to use calculators, so I want to keep my arithmetic skills sharp. That’s a little bit of the nerd in me. But don’t tell Ante Jazic any of this – I’ll never hear the end of it.”