Sounders sign Nicolás Lodeiro to Designated Player deal
The Seattle Sounders have signed Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro to a multi-year Designated Player deal, the team announced Wednesday.
The financial terms of the deal have not yet been released.
Lodeiro, 27, is an attacking midfielder who had most recently starred for Argentinean club Boca Juniors. He helped lead the side to the Primera Division title in 2015–16, scoring three goals and recording six assists in 17 appearances.
Lodeiro has made 42 appearances for Uruguay’s senior team since 2009, scoring three goals.
“We have doggedly pursued our top target, Nicolás Lodeiro, for the past several months and we are delighted our persistence finally paid off with his signing. We were willing to wait for Nico because we believe in his character off the field as well as his abilities on it,” Sounders general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said. “Wherever he has played he has made his team better. We believe he can be a big piece of where we want to take the Sounders long term.
“For a player who has played in three Copa Americas, winning once, played in two World Cups and played in four Copa Libertadores, twice reaching the semifinal, to join us in the prime of his career reflects the growing stature of not only Seattle, but MLS as a whole.”
The Sounders are currently ninth in the MLS Western Conference standings and have a 6–2–12 record. They fired manager Sigi Schmid on Tuesday.