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
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.
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.
Abdi left public defense in 2016 and started a defense firm named Abdi & Sheed, located in his childhood town of Mill Creek, Washington.
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. This deal placed Martins into the top 10 paid players in MLS at the time. In 2016, Abdi negotiated the transfer and signing of Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Greenland Shenua of the Chinese Super League. It was reported that Martins was guaranteed to make 6.6 million dollars for the 2016 season.
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.
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