At 34 years old, Nicolás Lodeiro has this physical status:
Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez (Spanish pronunciation: [nikoˈlaz loˈðejɾo]; born 21 March 1989), commonly known as Nicolás Lodeiro, is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for MLS club Seattle Sounders FC and the Uruguay national team.
Lodeiro has played professionally in Uruguay, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, winning the Eredivisie in both of his seasons at Ajax, and winning the domestic double in 2015 with Boca Juniors. He also won titles with Nacional and Botafogo, as well as the 2016 and 2019 MLS Cup with Seattle.
A full international since 2009, Lodeiro has earned 60 caps for Uruguay. He has taken part in two FIFA World Cups with the national side, as well as four editions of the Copa América, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which Uruguay finished fourth. He was also part of the teams which placed fourth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and won the 2011 Copa América.
In February 2018, Lodeiro earned a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.
Lodeiro was born in 1989 in Paysand, which borders Argentina. It was here that he took his first steps as a footballer in Barrio Obrero's youth team. Daniel López, a local scout who encouraged him to play for the youth team in Nacional Montevideo, was not long before his talent was noticed.
Lodeiro made his Nacional first team debut against Fénix on September 19, 2007, four years later, at the age of 18. He scored his first senior goal later this year, and it was evident that in Lodeiro, there was a new star in the making.
Lodeiro continued to progress a year later, winning more playing time and even scoring against River Plate in the Pre-Libertadores playoff. However, Lodeiro's 2009 was the year that Lodeiro really started to make strides. Nacional was able to reach the semi finals of the tournament thanks to his three goals and many assists. Following his success in the Copa Libertadores, he was ranked 58th highest scorer in the world by the IFFHS in April 2009.
Lodeiro was instrumental in Nacional's success in the 2008–09 Copa Libertadores, which saw Nacional progress to the Semi-finals. Lodeiro has been named one of the best youth players in the country from then on.
Lodeiro signed a one-year deal with AFC Ajax in January 2010. Bruno Silva and his colleague Luis Suárez of Uruguay joined him at Ajax with his colleague Bruno Silva and his colleague Luis Suárez. In the match against FC Twente on February 7, 2010 Ajax's first appearance for the club was as a replacement. With Ajax on Friday, he scored his first goal against the Go Ahead Eagles. He didn't play a single match for Ajax in the 2010/2011 Ethical Series due to an injury suffered during the World Cup. He made 19 appearances for Ajax this season, scoring twice in the regular season and once against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, while still assisting Ajax in winning their 31st league title.
Botafogo had signed Lodeiro to a four-year deal, transferring the young midfielder from AFC Ajax to Rio de Janeiro for an undisclosed fee. After 18 years out of the tournament, he was a key part of the squad that lifted the Campeonato Carioca in 2013 and qualified Botafogo for the 2014 Copa Libertadores. Lodeiro spent time in Botafogo and was a member of Uruguay's 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup squads.
Lodeiro agreed to a four-year contract with Corinthians on May 29, 2014, for a R$4.5 million fee.
Lodeiro joined Boca Juniors, Argentina, in 2015. Lodeiro scored against River Plate in the Superclásico in September 2015. Lodeiro scored a penalty in the 2015 Copa Argentina Final, assisting Boca in defeating Rosario Central 2–0 and securing their domestic double on November 4, 2015.
Lodeiro was reportedly transferred to the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer in the summer of 2016. During the Copa America Centenary, Lodeiro began discussing a transfer with Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey, using teammate Luis Suarez as a translator. In late July, Lodeiro bid farewell to the Boca Juniors faithful, amid rumors that he will join the Sounders pending his physical fitness. On July 27, 2016, he officially signed with the Sounders.
He made his club debut against Los Angeles on July 31, 2016, playing in the midfield and playing the full 90 minutes. Lodeiro's first match earned 124 total touches, the fourth-highest total for the Sounders, as the Sounders' fourth highest total, as well as 94 passes, the most for Seattle. On August 14, 2016, he scored his first goal for the Sounders against Real Salt Lake in the 24th minute of a 2–1 victory at Century Link Field.
Lodeiro was also instrumental in the team's MLS Cup bid in 2016, under new headcar Brian Schmetzer. In 13 games in the regular season, he scored four goals and eight assists, helping Seattle to the playoffs; in the playoffs, he led the team to the championship; in the post-season, he scored four more goals in six play-off games. Lodeiro's penalty kick in the resulting shoot-out at BMO Field on December 10th, allowing the Sounders to win the first MLS Cup after netting his kick. When Lodeiro arrived, the Sounders were at the bottom of the league, but the Sounders were able to turn around their season because of his ability to create and make others around him better. He was named the 2016 MLS Newcomer of the Year for his appearances.
Lodeiro opened the 2017 MLS Cup Final, which was once more hosted at BMO Field against Toronto FC, but Seattle lost 2–0, losing their title.
Lodeiro assisted Vctor Rodro's in a 3–1 home win over Toronto FC in the MLS Cup Final on November 10, 2019.
He scored two penalties in the first leg in a 2–2 draw against UNAM, followed by another goal in a 3–0 win in the second leg in which his club secured their first title in the tournament by beating 5–2 on aggregate.
Lodeiro also made a good showing for the Uruguay under-20 national team during 2009, which was also on the international stage. This culminated in outstanding results at a South American under-20 tournament in Venezuela, where he scored three goals and led Uruguay to third place. He also played well at Egypt's under-20 tournament, scoring two goals in four matches.
In the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL 2010 World Cup Play-Off, Uruguay's senior international debut for Uruguay came against Costa Rica. He participated in both legs of the play-off and was named Player of the match for Uruguay in the second leg at home.
Lodeiro played for Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, and he was the first player to be to receive a red card at the tournament.
In a 3–0 friendly home victory over Estonia on June 23, Lodeiro scored his first international goal. He was a member of Uruguay's national team that triumphed in the 2011 Copa América de Argentina.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was part of Uruguay's team.
Lodeiro competed at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where Uruguay finished fourth place, where Uruguay finished fourth. He scored in an 8–0 victory over Tahiti on June 23rd in Uruguay's last group match during the tournament.
Lodeiro was a member of Uruguay's national team that competed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He started two games and came in as a replacement in a third.
Lodeiro was enrolled by Uruguay coach Oscar Tabárez in the final 23-man Uruguay squad for the forthcoming Copa América in May 2015.
Lodeiro was a member of Uruguay's national team that competed in the 2016 Copa América Centenario in the United States. Lodeiro played two games and emerged as a replacement in a third, with only one assist in total.
In May 2018, he was part of Uruguay's provisional 26-man team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia; however, he was disqualified from the tournament's final 23-man squad.
Lodeiro was included in the final 23-man Uruguay squad for the 2019 Copa América in Brazil in March. Uruguay scored the first goal in a 4–0 victory over Ecuador in the team's first group match of the tournament on June 16; this was Uruguay's 400th goal in the tournament. Uruguay was eliminated by Peru in the quarter-finals of the tournament on June 29th, as a result of a 0–0 draw after regulation time; Lodeiro did not appear during the game but remained on the bench; Uruguay was eliminated by Peru after a 5–4 draw.