HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Boca Juniors and signed as a Designated Player on July 27, 2016
Lodeiro is an attacking midfielder who played for Argentine giant Boca Juniors, and has been in both 2010 and 2014 Uruguayan World Cup squads. He is crafty, versatile and possesses a tactical savvy that helps open up the field for teammates. His arrival sparked the Sounders 2016 MLS Cup championship run. One of the top playmakers in the league, Lodeiro had career highs in goals (8) and assists (16) in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: A native of Paysandú, Uruguay, Lodeiro appeared for Uruguay in South Africa in 2010 and again in Brazil in 2014, and boasts 48 caps with La Celeste since his debut in 2009. He also won the Copa America title with Uruguay in 2011 and appeared for the team in the Copa America Centenario earlier this summer on U.S. soil.
OUTSIDE MLS: Joins the Sounders after previously playing in four countries and with two of the world’s most storied franchises – he signed with Dutch side Ajax at just 20 years old and most recently suited up for iconic Argentine club Boca Juniors – and with two World Cups under his belt.
NOTES: 2016 MLS Newcomer of the Year.