The Seattle Sounders were the most disappointing team in the league prior to the dismissal of Sigi Schmid. They were uninspired, dropping stupid points, and were still suffering from the Obafemi Martins hangover following his departure to China for a massive payday.
The post-Schmid era opened up with the signing of the Uruguayan CAM, Nicolas Lodeiro, from Boca Juniors was a huge coup for the struggling Sounders and the MLS. It didn’t take long for the Lodeiro party to get started in the Emerald City. In 8 games with the club, he has 3 goals and 4 assists, but his impact goes further than his stat line.
Lodiero has made the players around him better, with Jordan Morris being able to take over that scoring role in the absence of teammate Clint Dempsey. Osvaldo Alonso is playing smarter football through having a constant outlet in Nicolas Lodeiro. Seattle is loving the signing of the Uruguayan.
The transformation of Seattle from being in the relegation zone (Just kidding, Americans don’t believe in relegation) to possible playoff team is unbelievable and much of it is accredited to Lodeiro.
Another weekend of English soccer destroying @MLS TV ratings.
Time for promotion/relegation USA soccer
— Ben Fast 🇺🇸⚽✊🏾✊🏻✊🏽✊🏿✊🏼 (@bwfast) September 17, 2016
Currently, the Sounders are on the outside looking in at the MLS Cup playoffs, but still have two games at hand on Sporting KC, who are 5 points ahead.
I hate Seattle as much as the next Galaxy fan, but the way they’re playing has earned them the right to be in the playoffs.
Unfortunately, that gives them a chance at an MLS Cup (which we all know they can’t win) and once again illuminates the issue with the MLS setup and the need to get rid of the fucking playoff system, but that is for another time.
The MLS has trouble giving the MVP trophy to the player with the biggest impact and as of late have been gifting the trophy to those with the best stat line; the two don’t necessarily correspond.
Although Lodeiro has only been the MLS for a hot second, his impact has transformed the Seattle Sounders completely. If the MVP is awarded on impact, Lodeiro is your man, but the voters will disregard this fact much like Americans who are ignoring the fact that Trump is inherently racist, and will vote Bradley Wright-Phillips as the MVP (even though Sacha Kljestan deserves it 10x more than this teammate).
…and then the New York Red Bulls will be eliminated in conference semifinals.
Calling it now.
Calling for Lodeiro to be MVP is a bit naive and stupid, but next year the award will be given to the Uruguayan for his role in producing the Sounders renaissance.