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Sounders add Brazilian midfielder Thomás from Flamengo (video highlights)

Thomas Jaguaribe Bendinelli

Seattle’s souping up its attack with a Jaguar(ibe).

Thomás Jaguaribe Bedinelli, 22, is the latest member of the Seattle Sounders. The former Brazilian U-20 player has spent time with AS Roma’s youth in addition to time with Flamengo and Ponte Preta of his home country, and was also loaned to Siena in Serie A, where he played 12 matches in 2013-14.

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While his statistics don’t scream prolific offense, this 2013 video shows an electric playmaker with shifty burst in the vein of Hatem Ben Arfa. Seattle won’t need to lean on Thomás, but is likely hoping for shades of the instant attacking impact we’ve seen with Octavio Rivero’s move to Vancouver.


“We are excited to welcome Thomás to Seattle,” said Sounders FC General Manager and President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He is a dynamic attacking player that has a diverse array of experience despite being only 22-years-old, and we look forward to his contributions to our club.”


Thomás, 22, has made 61 career appearances from 2011-2015 in Brazil’s professional leagues. He logged 19 appearances for Flamengo in Brazilian Serie A play from 2011-2013, in addition to nine more appearances in the Campeonato Carioca. After being loaned to Italian side Siena for the 2013-2014 campaign, the attacking midfielder appeared 12 times in Serie B play. He was then loaned to Brazilian side Ponte Preta in 2014, where appeared 21 times in league and Campeonato Paulista action, scoring one goal.

Thomás is a player we’ve been tracking for the past three years, and it’s rewarding to finally be able to welcome him to Sounders FC,” said Seattle Sporting Director Chris Henderson. “His technical and attacking abilities are impressive, and he’ll mesh well with our current roster as we move into the second half of the 2015 season.”

We’ll see if his quick moves translate to MLS, and you can witness the silky play below:

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