Nicolas Lodeiro

Major League Soccer

Martinez, Lodeiro, Ciman headline MLS players set to join their national teams

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The international break is here, and a slew of MLS stars are set to step up and contribute to their respective national teams in a variety of competitions.

While North and South America focus on World Cup qualifying, Europe and Africa take on friendly matches during the March break. In total, 52 MLS players earned call-ups heading into the international window, representing 15 different nations.

MLS Award finalists include three Sounders

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Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.

No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/31/16

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LA Galaxy narrowly defeat Colorado Rapids in first leg
Dos Santos goal gives LA a slim advantage heading to Colorado

Sounders vs. FC Dallas, recap: Seattle takes 3-0 lead onto road
Nelson Valdez scores one and Nicolas Lodeiro adds two more for Sounders.

These were the greatest eight minutes in Sounders playoff history

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Sounders have never before led a playoff series by multiple goals.

In a span of eight minutes, the Seattle Sounders turned a tight MLS Playoff game into a blowout. Let's watch it again:

Here it is: The #Sounders 7-minute scoring spree. #SEAvDAL https://t.

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Harry Shipp already looks perfect for Seattle’s attack

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The midfielder brings yet another dynamic, creative presence to an already explosive attack

It took a couple matches for him to get there, but after Harry Shipp's performance in the Sounders' 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, the young midfielder is starting to look like the final piece to Seattle's attacking puzzle.

Starting XI against Crew is near full strength

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Stefan Frei, Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey all among questionable players that start.

There are only two less-than-ideal starters in Saturday's lineup against the Columbus Crew SC. Gustav Svensson is filling in for the still-injured Brad Evans and Will Bruin is in for Jordan Morris, who is out with a minor ankle sprain described as not "serious or long-term.

Brian Schmetzer is rendering talk of curses obsolete

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Sounders win first ever league game while wearing horrendous white kits.

There were so many things working against the Seattle Sounders before they took the field on Sunday. It wasn't just that Clint Dempsey was out, or that Nicolas Lodeiro went and got himself suspended for the match.

They were also playing their third game in nine days — including two on the road that took them the length of the West Coast.

Sounders can win without Dempsey, because they already have

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At 2-1-2 since Dempsey missed his first game, Seattle already knows what they're doing.

News that Clint Dempsey will not play for the rest of 2016 is frightening. He has a significant issue with his heart. That is a major off-field problem that can only be addressed by medical doctors. What the Seattle Sounders have already figured out is how to play without their Designated Player - they've done alright.

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En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

En Houston y Montreal los Sounders se complican el inicio de temporada

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Cuando se esta a punto de sumar dos derrotas en los primeros dos partidos de la temporada, bajar los brazos y esperar el silbato final pudo ser un escenario demasiado conformista para el mundo Sounders. En Houston la semana pasada y anoche en Montreal, los Sounders FC fueron capaces de corregir las desventajas de dos .

Seattle Sounders at Montreal Impact, recap: Something out of nothing

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Sounders create a miracle at the Big O and draw 2-2 in the 94th minute.

Will Bruin turned a nearly certain road loss into an incredible road draw. His goal in the 94th minute earned the Seattle Sounders their first point of 2016, securing a 2-2 draw. Seattle has yet to lead on the young year, has given up two goals before scoring in both games, and yet magic clearly exists.

Seattle Sounders at Montreal: Lineup includes former Impact midfielder Harry Shipp

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Only one change from last week's loss to Houston.

Brian Schmetzer's latest lineup features just one change for his Seattle Sounders FC. Harry Shipp is replacing Alvaro Fernandez in the starting lineup. Gustav Svensson continues as the right back option, with Brad Evans out and Oniel Fisher still with limited fitness.

Seattle Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Lineup includes Clint Dempsey

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Nine starters from the MLS Cup win, plus Clint Dempsey

In their first competitive match since winning the MLS Cup the Seattle Sounders have changes at right back and in the attacking band. Clint Dempsey is returning to the field. Gustav Svensson, as the third right back option, replaces now-Atlanta-United defender Tyrone Mears.

Previewing Dynamo vs. Sounders with Sounder at Heart

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We spoke with Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart to talk Will Bruin, Nicolas Lodeiro, and what to expect from the Seattle Sounders this season.

It's game day (finally) and MLS is back in action! The Houston Dynamo are hoping to prove last season was a fluke as they look to avoid a fourth consecutive season where the club misses the playoffs.

Carolina Challenge Cup is Sounders final phase of preseason

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With the season rapidly approaching there are a final few games in Charleston, South Carolina to evaluate the roster. The Seattle Sounders will face the Charleston Battery, Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC before returning to Starfire.

There are less than three weeks left in the Seattle Sounders preseason before the MLS season opens on March 4.

2016 Player Profile #9: Clint Dempsey

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All three of Clint's major club trophies came with the Seattle Sounders. He also won the Gold Cup twice.

Any discussion about Clint Dempsey's 2016 starts and stops with the heart issues that forced him to watch the Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup, rather than take the field with them. There's great news on that front.

¡¡¡SOUNDERS CAMPEONES!!!

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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

LOS MOMENTOS QUE MARCARON EL CAMINO A LA FINAL DE LA COPA MLS

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Hablar sobre los Sounders FC en el mes de diciembre fue, hasta el año pasado, un justo ritual de resignación por otra temporada fallida y de esperanza por una nueva temporada. Hoy en la noche, casi a mitad de diciembre, bajo un intenso frío en el BMO Field de Toronto, la Furia Verde estará jugando su primer final de Copa MLS frente al equipo de .

Sounders compensated for Atlanta’s signing of Paraguayan playmaker

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Sounders apparently had a discovery claim on Miguel Almiron.

Atlanta United made another big signing on Monday, officially revealing that Paraguay's Miguel Almiron will join the expansion team on a Youth Designated Player contract for the 2017 season. United reportedly paid around $8.5 million to complete the transfer of the 22-year-old from Argentina's Lanus.

MLS Cup Playoffs Match Thread: Western Conference Finals Second Leg

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There have been some blowouts in this year's MLS Cup playoffs, but coming into the final set of matches before the Final both conference finals are tight as can be. Both high seeds come into today's matches down a goal, but with away goals in hand a breakthrough will put them in good position to advance.

A sufrir en Denver. Los Sounders con ventaja momentánea en final de conferencia

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Los Sounders chocaron esta noche no solo con la incesante lluvia sobre el CenturyLink Field, se enfrentaron al Colorado Rapids, el segundo mejor equipo de la temporada regular de este año en la MLS. Y a pesar de superarlos 2-1 con un tiro de penal de Nicolás LODEIRO en el minuto 60, la realidad deberá asentarse en la mente de cada uno de los jugadores .

Goals from Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro help Sounders rally past Rapids

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SEATTLE Forgive Seattle Sounders fans if they thought they were watching a rerun: "Nicolas Lodeiro Delivers"is anepisodethat has been on repeat since midsummer in the Emerald City. The Uruguayan midfielderwas at it again on Tuesday night, drawing a second-half penalty kick and converting the ensuing attempt to give the Sounders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 42,774 at CenturyLink Field.

Colorado thinks they know how to stop Nicolas Lodeiro

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It won't work.

Nicolas Lodeiro helped reinvent the Seattle Sounders attack. It is potent and multi-faceted, often running through the Uruguayan playmaker's feet. He won the Newcomer of the Year because of his success converting to MLS play and the surge in the standings when the Sounders became his and Brian Schmetzer's team.

Morris, Valdez, Lodeiro combine for 'unbelievable' attacking performance against FC Dallas

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It wasn't the attack many foresaw at the beginning of the year, but the three-man unit leading the Seattle Sounders on Sunday looked downright frightening.

For years, the Sounders relied on a two-pronged attack of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

FC Dallas destruido en ocho minutos

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En solo ocho minutos dentro del segundo tiempo los Seattle Sounders destruyeron al campeón de la temporada regular de la MLS (Supporter´s Shield), el FC Dallas con par de anotaciones del Nicolás LOREIDO y otra de Nelson VALDEZ quién se encargó de abrir el marcador al minuto 50 con su segundo gol de la temporada.

Dominant second half propels Sounders past FC Dallas in conference semifinals

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SEATTLE No Dempsey. No Ivanschitz. No Torres. No problem.

Hosting FC Dallas in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday night, the surging Seattle Sounders topped FC Dallas 3-0 in front of 37,073 at CenturyLink Field. Nelson Valdez scored for the second time in two matches.

Sounders a playoffs con goles de Fernández y Roldán

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En el último dia de la temporada regular y con cuatro plazas por definirse en el Oeste, los Sounders salieron con el simple objetivo de ganarle al Real Salt Lake para no depender de otros resultados, en especial el de los Vancouver Whitecaps-Portland Timbers. Con Jordan MORRIS de único puntero y el medio campo compactado con Nicolás LODEIRO, Álvaro FERNÁNDEZ, Erik FRIBERG y Cristian ROLDÁN .

Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"I've been pretty consistent with the story of, I've given them ownership of the team. That is something that they believe in. I've gotten traction with that." -Brian Schmetzer

This Seattle Sounders team has managed as dramatic and crazy a turnaround as fans could have hoped since July. And this win — on the road, without Clint Dempsey, without Nicolas Lodeiro, on short rest, after giving up the first goal — has really put an exclamation point on an amazing run.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Community player ratings form

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By now we know the big storyline: The Sounders are in a playoff position for the first time in 2016, and it's thanks to Andreas Ivanschitz "cultured left foot" and Chad Marshall's forehead.

Other than that moment, the Chicago Fire did a good job frustrating Seattle. The Sounders had willing energy (despite being a repeat lineup on short rest), but at times the end product wasn't quite right.

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Nicolas Lodeiro called up for Uruguay’s World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

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Nico shouldn't miss any competitive matches for the Sounders.

Nicolas Lodeiro will have to miss out on the Rave Green friendly against Club Necaxa after being named to Uruguay's 24-man World Cup Qualifying squad. Nico's call-up was widely expected as he has been a regular with his national side but the roster release confirms it.

Uruguay vs. Venezuela, livestream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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Seattle Sounders star Nicolas Lodeiro should power Uruguay to an easy win on beIN Sports.

Nicolas Lodeiro and the star-studded Uruguay squad host Venezuela in match day nine of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. Currently 1st (5-2-1 +11) La Celeste should make quick work of bottom feeding, and mostly home based, Venezuela (0-6-2 -12).

Nicolas Lodeiro will likely miss match during next Uruguay call-up

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During the October FIFA International window Nico will join La Celeste against Venezuela and Colombia.

There was some trepidation when Nicolas Lodeiro joined the Seattle Sounders. Could a key player for one of the world's best national teams maintain his role with that nation while playing in MLS?

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What tactics to watch for in final phase of preseason

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There are just two games left in preseason. Wednesday the Sounders face Atlanta United at 4:30 PM and Saturday they take on the Columbus Crew at 1:30 PM.

Last Saturday, the Sounders ran out as close to a first team lineup as they have had this preseason against the Charleston Battery. While the game finished as a 1-1 draw, the Seattle Sounders deployed a very fluid 4-2-3-1 formation that focused on the talents of Nicolas Lodeiro.

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.

Nicolas Lodeiro puts Sounders up in 41st minute

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Tyrone Mears won't earn the assist, but he's the reason the shot happened.

After an interchange between Nicolas Lodeiro and Tyrone Mears the right back drove in at a dangerous angle. Carlos Gruezo earned a yellow taking Mears down. That set-up Lodeiro to do what Lodeiro do, and he did it so well.

With Nicolas Lodeiro out against Vancouver, his replacement will set tone

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Head coach Brian Schmetzer has nine players he could insert as the central attacking midfielder. His decision will determine the style of play in Sunday's match.

Due to Nicolas Lodeiro's fifth yellow card in just ten games, Clint Dempsey's heart condition forcing him out for the rest of 2016, three potential midfielders coming off of injury, short rest, and Garth Lagerwey's statement that he wants a more system driven organization, guessing the lineup that will face the Vancouver Whitecaps is as difficult as can be.

Nelson Valdez was key to Sounders’ strong finish

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Striker's energy and willing defensive play allowed the Sounders to put Galaxy away.

Sunday against the LA Galaxy, the Seattle Sounders rode high to a thrilling 4-2 win over their rivals to the south (south south). For the first two-thirds of the match, the Sounders rolled with their trademark 4-2-3-1, featuring Nicolas Lodeiro as a false 10.

Roman Torres appears to have started a new post-victory tradition

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But seriously, how much fun are the Sounders having right now?

They were singing and dancing in the Seattle Sounders' postgame locker room, again. Not only has the long-time tradition of singing "Sounders win away" apparently remained — something Nelson Valdez's Instagram documented — but Roman Torres appears to have instituted a new ritual: a postgame dance party.

Sounders vs. Whitecaps recap: Jordan Morris rescues three points

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Rookie's 10th goal of season may have been his most important.

Sometimes a match just seems destined to end in a draw. The Seattle Sounders had been creating chances, but thanks mostly to the goalkeeper of David Ousted, the match went into the 80th minute deadlocked at zero.

That's when Nicolas Lodeiro did his thing, and Jordan Morris did the rest.