Uruguayan striker Nicolás Lodeiro, captain and leader of the Seattle Sonders FC, who on Sunday played the MLS Cup grand final against Toronto FC, said Thursday that his compatriot Luis Suarez, who plays for FC Barcelona , will arrive at American football when he finishes his stage with the Spanish team.
Lodeiro stated that It's just a matter of time for Suarez to play in the MLS. "He wants to come to MLS," Lodeiro said. "He always asks me about the league. His dream was to play for Barcelona. He is playing at a great level and he feels comfortable there."
Suarez has been the subject of rumors for a long time that link him with a move to MLS and Lodeiro has not hidden his desire to take his countryman to the league.
While they were together with the national team in 2017, Lodeiro even gave Suarez a Seattle Sounders FC jersey, joking that his teammate would join him.
"Sooner or later he will come to MLS. Well, hopefully," Lodeiro commented. "He likes the league. He always asks me things about it. I hope he can also play for Seattle Sounders. It can be a more difficult task. I think it's only a matter of time before he's here." Suarez, 32, has scored 137 goals in 172 appearances in the League since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014.
Meanwhile, Lodeiro has been a revelation since joining Seattle in 2016. The game's creator has inspired the Sounders to three MLS Cup finals in four years, including winning the title in 2016. And Suarez can take a small part of the credit for Lodeiro's success.
With Lodeiro struggling to communicate with the Sounders General Manager, Garth Lagerwey, while negotiating his transfer during an international camp, Suarez took the phone and acted as a translator.
"He told me he might come in seven years, " Lagerwey commented jokingly. "That was his date, so maybe it's when his contract runs out … I told him we would love to have it when he is ready."