The Seattle Sounders have officially signed attacking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro from Boca Juniors on a transfer rumored to be in the $6 million dollar range. He is signed through 2019.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 27, 2016
Lodeiro, a 27-year-old left-footed Uruguayan playmaker, is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders.
The organization has been reeling from the sudden departure of striker Obafemi Martins all season. Coupled with Clint Dempsey’s extended absences from national team duty (and occasional fuckery), Seattle has been in a bad way, offensively impotent and defensively suspect.
The team parted ways with longtime coach Sigi Schmid yesterday, signaling the start of a new epoch in Sounders history.
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 26, 2016
Lodeiro will likely play in front of Osvaldo Alonso in the midfield, finally giving the Sounders the technical and tactical capacity to maintain possession and attack with purpose.
Seattle has been without a number 10 since trading Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids (after his model girlfriend stabbed him in a widely publicized scandal).
This move and the firing of Sigi are signals to the Sounders faithful that the organization hasn’t given up on the season. With only 20 points in 20 games, and sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference, the Sounders have a mountain to climb to make the post season.
If anyone not named Obafemi Martins can help the Sounders make the playoffs, it’s Nicolas Lodeiro.