We sat down with the Seattle Sounders’ Nico Lodeiro earlier this year ahead of the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. As the Sounders ready for their match against LAFC this Sunday, April 29, we get to know Nico a little better in this Q&A – including how he spends his free time, his most memorable soccer moment, and what he considers to have been the biggest MLS match up of all time.
Who was your soccer role model?
I always like to watch players that play in my same position. In this moment I like to watch (Lionel) Messi, because he plays in my position. I started playing soccer with my friends in my neighborhood when I was about five years old but I started playing professionally when I was 17 or 18 years old.
What do you like to do your free time?
I like to listen to music. I like to drink tea. I might read a book – I like to read sports related books. I like to read about soccer.
What has been the most memorable moment of your soccer career?
I think it was in 2009 in Uruguay because I scored my first big goal – all my family was there and it was big for my national club. I scored my first big goal in one of the biggest games. When I watched my father’s face – it was very happy – it was my best moment.
Do you like to watch other sports outside of soccer?
I like to watch other sports – I want to try to learn the rules for NFL and NBA.
What do you think has been the biggest MLS match up of all time?
For me it was the 2016 Final with Toronto when we won. I was very happy. It was my first time in USA in the MLS, my first season here and we won the championship. The big moment in the game was when our keeper stopped the big goal. He made a big save against (Jozy) Altidore in the last minute. After this I said “this is our final”.