Former Ram, Haboush, called up to Lebanese National Team

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The VCU men's soccer program has seen its share of former players have success beyond their careers in the Black and Gold. That tradition continued this week with former VCU midfielder Joseph Haboush getting called up to the Lebanese National Team.

Haboush, who graduated from VCU in 2012, has spent the past two years playing professionally for Al Safa SC, one of the premier clubs in the Lebanese Premier League. He also spent a year playing for the Richmond Kickers, the local USL squad. 

"I'm very happy for Joseph, he has made a solid pro career for himself since leaving VCU and has done well both in the Lebanese Premier League and the Asian Champions league with his club," VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard said. "He's a great example of what our program is all about as he developed considerably during his three years with us. Beginning as a non starter, finishing his senior year as a starting #10, moving onto a pro career as a rookie with Richmond, and now to have the last two years go as well as they have and to have a chance to get his first cap is special I know for him.

He is one of 28 players selected to the national team training camp, which starts Thursday, May 14. After the roster is cut down, the squad will play two friendlies before starting World Cup Qualifying matches in June.

Haboush, a Richmond native, flourished under Giffard and his staff, scoring all of his career goals and nine of his 10 assists in his final three seasons with the Rams.

During his time at VCU, he made a total of 56 appearances, including 31 starts, and scored three goals and tallied 10 assists.