Nicolás Lodeiro

Nicolás Lodeiro
Nicolás Lodeiro
Nicolás Lodeiro
Real Name: Nicolás Lodeiro
HT: 5' 7" WT: 150
Designated Player
Age: 28 (03/21/1989)
Birthplace: Paysandú, Uruguay
Hometown: Paysandú, Uruguay


2016 (Seattle): After joining Seattle from Boca Juniors on July 27 amidst a coaching change and midseason slump, Lodeiro burst onto the MLS scene during Sounders FC’s late-season turnaround, leading the club to first MLS Cup title. The Uruguayan recorded four goals and eight assists in 13 regular-season appearances, becoming the third Seattle player to earn MLS Newcomer of the Year honors as the Rave Green went 7-2-4 with Lodeiro on the field to secure the club’s eighth postseason appearance. After making his MLS debut in a 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy on July 31, the 27-year-old midfielder recorded a streak of eight appearances with a goal or assist, including a pair of two-assist performances against Orlando City SC (August 7) and at the Portland Timbers (August 28), while also adding a goal and an assist versus Real Salt Lake (August 14). Lodeiro was voted Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for August after recording two goals and six assists in the month, leading Sounders FC to a 3-1-1 record. In the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, Lodeiro became the club’s all-time leading postseason scorer after tallying four goals, all in a three-match span. He scored a brace in Seattle’s decisive 3-0 win over Supporters’ Shield champion FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals, then added a crucial away goal in the second leg to secure advancement. He also scored the game-winner in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship against Colorado, and converted his spot kick in the penalty-kick shootout against Toronto in the MLS Cup Final.

2016 (Boca Juniors): In his final season with the Argentine side, Lodeiro made six starts in nine appearances. He recorded three goals in the 2016 campaign for the Blue and Gold.

2015 (Boca Juniors): After wrapping-up his tenure with Corinthians, Lodeiro joined Boca Juniors, which is the most successful club in Argentine history with 65 titles. The midfielder made 21 appearances, including 17 starts, in which he scored three goals. Notably, Lodeiro netted a goal against River Plate in the Superclasico. The club secured a domestic double as Boca Juniors topped Rosario Central in the 2015 Copa Argentina Final, in addition to finishing first in the Primera Division. 

2014 (Corinthians / Botafogo): Lodeiro started the campaign with Botafogo, where he appeared in five matches. After joining fellow Brazilian club Corinthians in May, Lodeiro made seven appearances, including three starts, for the Sao Paulo-based club. 

2013 (Botafogo): In his only full season with Botafogo, Lodeiro scored six goals and added three assists in 27 total appearances. Notably, Lodeiro recorded a brace in a 2-1 home win versus Cruzeiro on June 1. The club won the Campeonato Carioca in 2013 and qualified for the 2014 Copa Libertadores for the first time in 18 years.

2012 (Botafogo / Ajax): Lodeiro began the season in the Eredivisie with Ajax, where he scored two goals and added six assists in 13 league matches, plus another goal against Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The midfielder signed with Brazil’s Botafogo in July, where he scored two goals and recorded six assists in 19 matches. 

2011 (Ajax): Due to an injury sustained in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Lodeiro didn’t play a club match in 2011.

2009-2010 (Nacional / Ajax): In his final season with his boyhood club, Lodeiro scored seven goals and added four assists. On December 13, Lodeiro played in his final game for Nacional, in which he recorded two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Cerrito. The club won all eight matches that he appeared in. Nacional also competed in the 2009 Copa Libertadores. After finishing first in its group, Nacional reached the semifinals before falling to eventual winner Estudiantes. Lodeiro had three goals in the tournament. Lodeiro signed with Ajax in January, before making his club debut in a reserve role against FC Twente on February 7. He went on to make eight substitute appearances, including an assist versus Venlo on April 11, as Ajax finished second in the Eredivise.

2008-2009 (Nacional): Lodeiro made two appearances as a substitute in the 2008 edition of the Copa Libertadores. The club was eliminated by Sao Paulo in the Round of 16. In league play, Lodeiro made 20 appearances, including two goals. 

2007-2008 (Nacional): In his first professional season, Lodeiro made 15 appearances for Nacional. He made his debut against Fenix on August 19.


Since 2009, Lodeiro has been a part of the Uruguayan National Team, earning 48 caps and scoring three goals. In 2010, he was part of the country’s FIFA World Cup team that fell to the Netherlands in the tournament’s Semifinal Round. The following year, Lodeiro and Uruguay claimed the Copa America trophy, South America’s international football championship. Lodeiro represented his nation in the 2012 Olympic Games in London before making another FIFA World Cup run with Uruguay in Brazil in 2014. He most recently represented his nation at the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States. 


Signed as a Designated Player on July 27, 2016

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
2017Seattle Sounders FC323252875126216371641
2016Seattle Sounders FC131341170833118550
Career Totals-454594045209527452191
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