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Nicolás Lodeiro makes his case to be the Landon Donovan MLS' MVP

The Seattle Sounders FC offensive midfielder and captain Nicolás Lodeiro is showing an amazing level this season.  

Nicolás Lodeiro makes his case to be the MLS MVP.
Nicolás Lodeiro makes his case to be the MLS MVP.

Much of what the Seattle Sounders are living right now can be explained through out Nicolás Lodeiro's level. The Uruguayan playmaker is going through his best shape ever this season. Impressively, he has never earned a Landon Donovan's MVP finalist call up. This is the year to, at least, be in the real conversation.

The Uruguayan offensive midfielder entered the league in 2016 after leaving Boca Juniors. Since then, he totalize 132 MLS games, with 38 goals, 63 assists and, most importantly, 2 MLS Cups. Actually, the importance that the Sounders have within the MLS nowadays is explained, mostly, by this four-year era of which Lodeiro has been a center-piece.

Today, MLSsoccer.com chose Lodeiro as the best No. 10 in the whole league, beating Portland Timbers magician Diego Valeri and Toronto FC's ace Alejandro Pozuelo. Although the author of the text, Gregg Seltzer, admitted that is hard to deny that, due to the Reds campaign, Pozuelo is the front-runner for MVP, Lodeiro, as a playmaker, is better.

When defining why he chose Lodeiro over Pozuelo, Seltzer pointed out that the Uruguayan midfielder has the plus of adding smart pressure on the opposing players in defense, which in many cases creates chances for the Sounders. The author explained that he thinks that by the end of the regular season is probable that Pozuelo accumulates more goals created (goals plus assists) but a loto of the Sounders scoring points start in Lodeiro recovering balls in sensible field zones.

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