Roldan provided some insightful specifics on what, exactly, the Lodeiro effect has looked like in practice -- how it has defined roles and changed the vibe in the locker room.
Much has been made about the impact of Nicolas Lodeiro’s arrival on the Seattle Sounders. Seattle is unbeaten in three matches since the Uruguayan playmaker signed from Boca Juniors, pulling it within range of the playoff spots, and Lodeiro has tallied an assist in every one of those games.
On Tuesday following practice at Starfire Sports Complex, second-year midfielder Cristian Roldan provided some insightful specifics on what, exactly, the Lodeiro effect has looked like in practice — how it has defined roles and changed the vibe in the locker room.
“I think (interim coach Brian) Schmetzer put it best: Lodeiro makes everybody a better player,” Roldan said. “For me specifically, I’ve been having to play a little bit more simple. And that’s totally fine by me when I have creative guys in front of me. With my role, I think it’s more defensive-minded. When we’re on offense, I can either creep up and maybe get on top of the box, or I can just cover for those guys. My role is pretty clear.
“His quality of play that he brings is really good, if not the best in MLS, but what he brings is energy. I think everybody was motivated to play with him. Everybody was happy to have him here. You see it from Day 1, I think he practiced almost the whole practice. He’s a guy that wants to be here. The last three games, he always wants the ball. Even when he’s tired, he’s going to make the best effort he can.”