Miami FC has acquired central defender Aaron Hohlbein on loan from the MLS Kansas City Wizards for the remainder of the season. Hohlbein will be expected to shore up the Blues’ defense, which has allowed the most goals in USSF D2, although the team may have turned a corner with their shutout win over Crystal Palace Baltimore Wednesday. Miami FC sit at the bottom of USSF D2 standings, but are still alive to grab a playoff berth with ten games remaining.
Hohlbein was drafted by the Wizards out of the University of Wisconsin, where he started 77 games. Hohlbein was the third overall choice in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Since joining the Wizards, Hohlbein has featured in 42 games, scoring twice. Hohlbein, who turns 25 on August 16, started one game this year for the Wizards.
Hohlbein will be availble for Miami FC’s match Saturday against the Puerto Rico Islanders. His loan opened a roster spot for the Wizards’ new signee, Greek defender Nick Kounenkakism who most recently played for Aris Limassol in Cyprus.
There are also rumors afloat that Miami FC may pick up two Chivas USA players on loan, midfielder Gerson Mayen and forward Chukwudi Chijindu to help with their playoff push. Chivas USA recently acquired longtime Galaxy forward Alan Gordon, so these loan deals may make sense from both team’s perspectives.