Orlando City finalizing deal to sign Nico Lodeiro: Sources

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Orlando City is finalizing a woody to motion two-time MLS Cup-winning attacking midfielder Nico Lodeiro, sources briefed connected nan talks said.

Lodeiro is simply a free supplier aft 8 hugely successful years pinch nan Seattle Sounders, wherever he became a nine fable by starring nan statement to triumph 2 MLS Cups (2016, 2019) and nan first MLS squad to triumph nan CONCACAF Champions Cup (2022).

The 34-year-old made 231 appearances for nan Sounders, pinch 58 goals and 62 assists. Lodeiro appeared successful 33 of nan club’s 34 regular-season games successful 2023 but fell retired of nan starting lineup arsenic nan Sounders sewage to nan playoffs. He had 12 goals and 9 assists successful 34 appearances betwixt CCC and MLS successful 2022, showing his apical form.

Lodeiro has 60 caps pinch nan Uruguay nationalist team.

The attacking midfielder is unsocial successful having 1 of nan highest activity rates astatine his position, dissimilar a emblematic No. 10. Lodeiro will slot into nan Orlando City onslaught pinch Facundo Torres, Marín Ojeda and Duncan McGuire.

Lodeiro’s woody will beryllium beneath nan max-TAM threshold, meaning he won’t inhabit a designated subordinate (DP) spot. Orlando has 2 elder DPs (Torres, and Ojeda) meaning their 3rd DP either needs to beryllium a young DP (under 23 years old) aliases a “restricted” DP (someone for illustration Lodeiro, nether nan max-TAM threshold). Sources opportunity Lodeiro is not expected to clasp that last DP spot.

MLS teams are allowed 3 DPs, but to usage each 3 U-22 inaugural slots, teams cannot usage each 3 DP spots connected elder DPs. Orlando presently has 3 U-22 players ( César Araujo, Gastón González and Ramiro Enrique).

Prior to coming to MLS, Lodeiro featured for Nacional, Ajax, Botofogo and Boca Juniors. He won convention titles pinch Nacional, Ajax and Boca. He featured for Uruguay astatine nan 2010 World Cup, receiving a reddish paper successful his debut. He besides played successful nan 2014 World Cup, appearing successful 3 of his country’s 4 matches.

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