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Seattle Sounders’ worst kept secret was finally announced on Monday evening, as the club revealed their latest addition to the team: Thomás Bedinelli, known in typically brief Brazilian fashion as Thomás.
As detailed in the club’s official statement (found here), Thomás was described by Garth Lagerway as being “a dynamic attacking player that has a diverse array of experience despite being only 22-years-old”, which is certainly a quote that will excite Sounders fans.
Thomás is set to go straight into team training tomorrow, and is eligible for the Sounders’ next game as they travel to face Sporting Kansas City, so we could certainly see the new Sounders man suit up and perhaps play his first game in Rave Green come June 6th.
While he is known as a Brazilian player, it is worth noting that the newest Sounder is half-Italian, and was with A.S. Roma for a year as a youth player in 2007. Also worth noting is the fact that Thomás was called up to the Brazil U20 team in 2012. Although he did not play for the Brazilian youth side in that call up, it still perhaps says something about the quality of player the Sounders have acquired.
In recent months this signing had been rumored by fairly reliable sources, but primarily as a loan transfer from his now ex-club Flamengo, who are based out of the coastal Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The Sounders have managed to snap up the 22-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder after what looks like a statistically disappointing run with two smaller Brazilian teams over the last year on loan from Flamengo.
Valued at around half a million euros by Transfermarkt, Thomás is punching above the weight of most of the Sounders’ squad, and on par with the likes of Chad Barrett, Gonzalo Pineda, and Osvaldo Alonso in terms of financial weight. Given this, it’s probably a safe bet to assume the Sounders’ first Brazilian player will see a fair chunk of game time.
Now, we all know that a player’s quality is in no way determined by their ability in the world of FIFA, but it’s at least interesting to note that in his most recent appearance in an EA FIFA game (FIFA ’13), Thomás had an overall rating of 66, with a potential to grow to an impressive 78. For reference, Andy Rose is currently a 64 rated player, and Obafemi Martins has a rating of 79.