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Sounders may be pursuing Brazilian attacking mid

Italian web site links Brazilian Thomas Bedinelli to Seattle.

The Seattle Sounders have been linked with Brazilian attacking midfielder/striker Thomas Jaguaribe Bedinelli. Italian transfer website TUTTOmercatoWEB suggests the 22-year-old could be an imminent signing, although his resume suggests he's more likely a target for S2.  Thomas, as he is known in Brazil (although Jaguaribe is awesome too), spent the 2013/2014 season on loan in Italy with Siena from Flamengo in Brazil. Siena was relegated from Serie A after the 2013 season, and went bankrupt after the 2014 season.

Thomas was sent back to Flamengo and subsequently loaned back out to Associacao Atletica Ponte Preta in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During the 2014 season with Ponte Preta Thomas had 13 appearances and helped the team gain promotion to Brazil's top flight. Thomas is currently in preseason with Ponte Preta, the 2015 season of Campeonato Brasileiro Seria A is scheduled to start May 10th and run through December.

Thomas carries Brazilian and Italian passports and spent a few of his formative years in the Roma youth system. Looking at his Youtube video, which is a couple years old, Thomas shows strengths at the winger/striker positions and likes to make long mazy runs getting behind the defense and get crosses into the box (just what the Sounders need). Currently there is no official word from the Sounders on Thomas. One option would be to see Thomas in person when Ponte Preta square off against Kaka and Orlando City May 2nd in the Citrus Bowl.

Before we get too excited, though, it's important to note that Thomas had just 99 minutes with Sienna and has just one professional goal over about 2,300 minutes. Thomas is probably more of a project, someone along the lines of Pablo Rossi and the kind of player who makes more sense for S2. Still, he looks like a potentially exciting prospect.

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