Veteran midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro departed Seattle Sounders as a membership legend after the 2023 MLS season however is ready to proceed his enjoying profession in central Florida with Orlando Metropolis.
Though Lodeiro is on the back-end of his illustrious profession, he’ll nonetheless make an affect with Orlando Metropolis, who’re contemporary off a powerful 2023 season the place they recorded their highest-ever end in MLS in second place whereas additionally profitable 18 video games, one other membership file.
Lodeiro‘s 10 objectives and one help in league play final time period with Seattle proved that he nonetheless has what it takes to ship at 34 years previous, and there isn’t any scarcity of high quality attackers for him to hyperlink up with at his new membership.
Here is how the Lions might take the sector with versatile Lodeiro.
That is in all probability the place we’ll see the previous Uruguay worldwide line up for Oscar Pareja, proper behind striker Duncan McGuire, after Mauricio Pereyra’s exit from Exploria Stadium.
It is the place he rose to stardom in Main League Soccer at Lumen Area and finally tallied 95 assists for Seattle – probably the most in membership historical past. In an attacking position, Orlando followers would see loads of probabilities created by Lodeiro with the likes of Ivan Angulo, Facundo Torres and McGuire making runs in behind opposition defenses.
If Pareja desires to be safer on the defensive finish of the sector, he might decide to play Lodeiro in a much less superior position to assist protect the Orlando backline. On this case, Lodeiro might tackle the duty of being extra of a deep-lying playmaker, pulling the strings probably in his personal half of the sector.
It may not be as possible for Lodeiro to take up arms in central midfield on condition that he’d in all probability do extra operating right here than he would within the attacking third, however it’s nonetheless an choice that he would excel in.
Orlando has loads of high quality choices out broad with the likes of Torres, Ojeda, and Angulo, so it could be considerably of a shock to see Lodeiro enjoying as a winger below Pareja. Enjoying out broad is one thing he was in all probability way more accustomed to throughout his enjoying days at Ajax within the Eredivisie and Nacional in his native Uruguay.
Lodeiro additionally greater than possible would not be as efficient out broad on condition that he might have misplaced a little bit of tempo after enjoying for over a 15 years. It is nonetheless an choice for Pareja, although, particularly if Orlando encounter damage issues given the quantity of fixtures groups play every season.