Seattle Sounders: Lodeiro tips buddy Luis Suarez for move

When Nicolas Lodeiro was negotiating with the Seattle Sounders about moving to MLS during the Copa Centenario, he turned to Uruguayan teammate and close friend Luis Suarez to help him translate. Now, Lodeiro is pumping up Suarez as a future Sounder.

Photos: Jane Gershovich, courtesy of Sounders FC Communications.

Lodeiro says a move by the Barcelona star to the Sounders isn't so far-fetched.

“It’s just a matter of a phone call, a phone call away,” Lodeiro said at MLS Media Day. “He already makes jokes that he’s coming to the league. He’s already a fan of Seattle.”

Suarez was cheering for the Sounders in MLS Cup, sending a good-luck message to Uruguayans Alvaro Fernandez and Lodeiro before the final at Toronto.

Lodeiro said knowing the Sounders had never won MLS Cup was motivation to come to Seattle from Boca Juniors.

"My objective," he said, "is to always leave my mark, make history."

Lodeiro was named Newcomer of the Year after playing just 13 regular-season games. He finished with four goals and eight games in leading the Sounders from ninth place to fourth place and into the playoffs, where he scored four goals in six games.

Lodeiro was just the third mid-season signing to win the award after Federico Higuain (2012) and Darren Huckerby (2008).

"All of the credit for this award goes to Nico, who has been arguably the best mid-season addition in the history of this league," said

Sounders general manager & president of soccer Garth Lagerwey, who was on the other end of the phone when Lodeiro handed it to Suarez, credited Lodeiro's preparation before coming to Seattle for his fast start. But Lodeiro admitted he was surprised by a lot about MLS.

“The competitiveness of the league is something that has really blown me away," he said. "I watched a little bit of the league before. After the Sounders’ proposal, I watched a little more. I watched the Sounders, my new teammates, to learn more.”

4 comments about "Seattle Sounders: Lodeiro tips buddy Luis Suarez for move".
  1. StrikerBob Norman, January 19, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.

    Too bad we won't have Robbie Keane around for Luis to sink his teeth into.
    Speaking figuratively of course...

  2. Rusty Welch, January 19, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.

    Say what you want about Suarez, he would be the best player in the league should he come here. If our new national team coach can bring 'the lawnmower' to the league, then you couldn't really get mad having Suarez - he hasn't ended peoples careers, plus he's one of the best players in the world (unlike the lawnmower). Going from Messi and Neymar as teammates would be a tough transition, but think of how much he could help J-mo develop.
    I get the haters, but man this cat can flat-out play, and I think I and most other Seattle fans would love the opportunity to watch Suarez play in person. For a league trying to establish credibility and improve the level of play, this would be a huge coup and a statement that we can attract top-level talent.

  3. beautiful game, January 19, 2017 at 9:49 p.m.

    No doubt Suarez is a terrific offensive player; he'd be hard pressed to deliver expectations in MLS where service belongs to an exclusive club, most of whom have long retired.

  4. R2 Dad, January 19, 2017 at 11:56 p.m.

    I think El Bitey (or his agent) will choose China when it comes down to it. They will definitely throw stupid money at him, and I don't think MLS or anyone else can compete with that.

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