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Soroosh Abdi (born July 14, 1989) is an American lawyer and sports agent who has represented professional athletes in the sport of soccer.

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Abdi was born in Los Angeles, California. At a young age, he moved to Seattle, Washington where he attended Henry M. Jackson High School. Abdi then studied at the University of Washington, where he received a degree in Law, Societies and Justice. Upon graduating, he chose to attend the Seattle University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 2014.[1]

Legal career[edit | edit source]

Abdi started his legal career shortly after he was admitted to practice law by the Washington State Bar in 2014. He took a position as a contract public defender where he represented indigent criminal defendants facing misdemeanor charges in Okanogan County District Court. Abdi earned a reputation as a fiery advocate and in his first year, amassed an undefeated record in all five of his jury trials.[1]

Abdi left public defense in 2016 and started a defense firm named Abdi & Sheed, located in his childhood town of Mill Creek, Washington.

High-profile negotiations[edit | edit source]

Abdi began representing professional soccer players whilst still a law student. His first client was 2013 MLS Draft pick Anthony Arena. Abdi's major accolade as a sports agent in Major League Soccer is when he negotiated a four-year $12.8 million contract with the Seattle Sounders for his client, star soccer player Obafemi Martins.[1] This deal placed Martins into the top 10 paid players in MLS at the time.[2][3] In 2016, Abdi negotiated the transfer and signing of Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Greenland Shenua of the Chinese Super League.[4] It was reported that Martins was guaranteed to make 6.6 million dollars for the 2016 season.[5]

Abdi again negotiated a significant deal for Obafemi Martins, extending his contract with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of 2017. It was reported that this deal was worth $9 million for the 2017 season.Template:Fix/category[citation needed]

In 2016, Abdi also represented the number two draft pick, Joshua Yaro. Abdi secured for Yaro what was one of the highest valued Generation Adidas contracts in MLS history.[1][6][7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Mill Creek attorney combines soccer, law to score career he wanted - By Paul Archipley". Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "SoccerAmerica - MLS's top 20 highest-paid players 05/06/2013". www.socceramerica.com. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "How The 10 Highest-Paid Players In Major League Soccer Compare To Other Sports". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Obafemi Martins leaves MLS for Chinese Super League". BBC Sport. 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "MLS news and notes: Details begin to emerge about Obafemi Martins' move to China". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Philadelphia Union select Joshua Yaro with No. 2 pick in the 2016 MLS Super Draft". mlssoccer. mlssoccer. 2016-01-14. Retrieved 2016-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "It's official: Georgetown's Josh Yaro is going to MLS". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-12-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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