Nicolas Lodeiro will lend a touch of experience to Uruguay’s revamped midfield. After making six appearances in the first round of matches – three of them starts – scoring one goal and providing two assists in a total of 337 minutes on the pitch, Lodeiro played just 26 minutes in the second, all of them as a substitute.
Yet, having handed Lodeiro his senior debut in the play-offs for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Oscar Tabarez never lost faith in the player and called him up for every squad. Emerging as a talented, explosive creative midfielder with an eye for goal, he added an extra dimension to his game on moving to Europe, where he also played on the left side of midfield, performing both defensive and attacking duties. His versatility, consistent form in MLS for Seattle Sounders and experience have earned him a third trip to the world finals.